Wizkid event: Crowd barges into O2 Arena without tickets just weeks after Astroworld tragedy
In a chaotic moment at a recent Wizkid concert, a stampede of revelers stormed into the O2 Arena, forcefully pushing down guards and smashing down security scanners. The crowd pushed their way through the security gates in a frenzy to watch headline singer Wizkid. According to officials, "a number of fans" managed to enter the venue, whether or not they had a ticket.
Frightening visuals showed scores of people pushing through the lines to storm into the venue as security guards attempted to stop them. Skirmishes broke out as O2 workers tried to stop fans barging into the music arena to watch Wizkid's "Made In Lagos" tour. The crowds soon knocked over the airport-type security scanners to break into the venue. The arena has confirmed that it is now reviewing its security procedures. The place can hold up to 20,000 people.
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They broke the security scanner 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/f9ix7uDT1p— AD🥇 (@98Toks) November 28, 2021
"This evening, a breach of the security cordon on the arena entrance occurred and as a result, a number of fans in the queue were able to enter the venue," a venue spokesperson told The Sun Online. "The situation was quickly contained by staff and the incident resolved. The venue is reviewing security procedures for the remaining shows this week and advises fans to arrive early for security checks tomorrow night and again on Wednesday."
People are breaking into the O2 😭😭😭😭 #MadeinLagosTour #O2 pic.twitter.com/IBD6M8NkJf— AD🥇 (@98Toks) November 28, 2021
This event brings back haunting memories of the recent Travis Scott Astroworld concert tragedy. At least eight people died and several others injured when chaos broke out at Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas, on Friday night, November 5. Video footage of the festival is being widely circulated on social media, showing a stampede of fans breaking through a fence. The videos also show people attending the festival dancing on ambulances.
In the aftermath of the concert, Scott offered to pay the funeral expenses of the eight victims of the deadly stampede. Scott recently announced that he has partnered with BetterHelp to provide free therapy for people impacted by the event. Over dozens of lawsuits were filed in Harris County against Scott and Live Nation Entertainment. The lawsuits have claimed that Scott kept singing for more than 30 minutes despite numerous deaths, injuries and fans pleading for the show to be stopped. Over 10,000 people also signed a petition in an attempt to block Scott from performing as a headliner at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California next April.