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Fans charged through security barriers and burst into a concert at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday (28 November), less than a month after the tragedy that claimed the lives of 10 people at the Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas. Check out one of the videos of the chaos below:
The gig featured Wizkid, a Nigerian musician, who is performing at the Greenwich venue as part of his Made in Lagos world tour.
The star is playing at the dome for three night after the first two dates sold out and an additional performance was added ‘due to demand’ according to the venue.
Videos have circulated on social media that show crowds – comprised mostly of young people – surging and shoving through the main security checkpoint at the venue as employees tried to stop them from getting in.
At one stage, a metal detector arch fell down during the fracas, whereas in another video a woman seems to push a security employee after he grabbed another member of the crowd.
On Twitter, one man captioned a video: “Watch peeps break into the O2 just to watch Wizzy perform.”
Another person shared a separate video and wrote: “I’m so confused. Why are they going on like Wizkid has never performed in London before.”
According to the venue, the situation was ‘contained’ after a while, once the security staff regained control.
A spokesperson for the 20,000 capacity arena said: “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. 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.”
Around three weeks ago, 10 people were killed and scores more injured during a crowd surge at the NRG Park in Houston, where Travis Scott was performing as part of his Astroworld festival.
In the end, crowd control measures were blamed for the chaos at the event, where 50,000 people had gathered for first day of the two-day festival.
On Twitter, one person compared events at the O2 Arena to the Astroworld tragedy, writing: “People without tickets rushing in to the O2 like Astroworld wasn’t a couple weeks ago..? Y’all too weird for me.”
Another said: “People breaking into the Wizkid concert like the Astroworld incident didn’t just happen.”