K-pop group N 127 were forced to end their first concert in Indonesia after chaos erupted in the crowd and at least 30 people passed out on Friday.
The group was performing at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition Center in Serpong, Banten province on November 4, when police had to stop the show as the crowd started pushing towards the stage, causing at least one to lose consciousness. minus 30 people in the ensuing crash. .
Local reports said more than 8,000 people attended the concert. After more than 2 hours of the show, fans started pushing each other closer to the stage.
At around 9:20 p.m. local time, the police chief of South Tangerang, Banten Province, asked the band to stop the concert.
It comes just weeks after more than 130 people, including at least 40 children, died in the ‘deadliest’ stampede at the football stadium last month.
Later Friday, police spokesman Endra Zulpan said the concert near the capital, Jakarta, had been going on for two hours when fans started rushing to get closer to the stage.
“Because of this, 30 people fainted. To avoid further incidents, we have decided to stop the concert,” he added.
He told the media that the fans who collapsed from the crush recovered without serious injuries.
The K-pop group reportedly handed out gifts to the audience and that may have been what led to the surge to the stage.
Some fans were angry with those who ignored the safety of others and pushed themselves closer to the stage.
Police then cleared N127 to perform on Saturday night, but warned against handing out gifts.
In a statement, concert organizer Dyandra Global Edutainment said on Instagram, “To make amends [the crush] and provide the best experience, we will be adding more paramedics and security personnel for the day 2 show.”
Last weekend, police canceled the third day of the Berdendang Bergoyang Music Festival, a Jakarta-based music festival, at the Istora Senayan indoor arena in central Jakarta and its surrounding outdoor spaces, after nearly 30 people fainted due to overcrowding.
Mr Zulpan said at the time: ‘The capacity is 10,000 but 21,000 people attended [on Saturday]. Police are investigating whether organizers deliberately printed more tickets than the venue could hold.