A stampede reportedly hospitalized numerous attendees of We Are FSTVL last Saturday.
After waiting in line for several hours at the festival entry gate, hundreds of festival-goers toppled barricades and fences to enter the event. The mass of bodies trampled a number of their fellow patrons in the process, while evading a slim security detail that was visibly overwhelmed by the surge.
The summertime heat and long wait times caused the panic, after the box office reportedly closed the entry gate due to a lack of wristbands. Without readily available hydration stations for those in queue, numerous patrons reportedly vomited or collapsed before people rushed the front gates.
According to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, an unnamed attendee claims witnessing multiple people vomiting in a fenced-off area, before another attendee threw a barricade into the crowd, injuring a woman next to them.
In a public statement, festival organizers said, “Due to unforeseen technical difficulties at the wristband exchange, customers had experienced longer waiting times and for that we apologise. Security were able to overcome these issues and barriers were quickly reinstated.”
The three-day, weekend festival held in East London, near Upminster, featured acts like Dubfire and Groove Armada, among many others.
View Tweets that reveal the stampede and aftermath from the event below.
— The Trading Sloth // Fut Trader (@SlothTrading) May 26, 2019
Thanks a lot @wearefstvl @ReeceWeAreFSTVL now scarred for life because of your incompetence and negligence. Not a single message saying sorry. I’ve been coming to we are for years. Spent so much money in there and this is the treatment we receive. I almost died as did others! pic.twitter.com/hzUweVy3Zg
— Chloe jade nichols (@LdnBunnyChloe) May 27, 2019
@wearefstvl terrifying moment of the crush. Lucky to have made it out with minor injuries
— MissMontana (@MissMontana7) May 26, 2019
Acceptable? I’m not too sure. pic.twitter.com/uEgUmqOhcc
— o⚽️ (@eoinfraser) May 25, 2019