Misters, water stations added for Tempe concert after calamity

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Concertgoers rush stage at Arizona’s Summer Ends Music Festival, injuring 10-12 people during reggae set.

The same blend of hip-hop and reggae that drew a crowd of more than 20,000 to Tempe Beach Park back in March for a Pot of Gold festival bill topped by Kendrick Lamar brought a huge crowd to the park for Saturday’s Summer Ends Music Festival, where J.

A packed music festival paused amid chaos Saturday night as a swarm of fans rushed a Tempe, Ariz., stage, hospitalizing about a dozen people, local reports said. Cole capped the night with a powerful set in support of last year’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive.” A little after 7 p.m., four songs into Rebelution’s set, the sound was turned down on the PA as the California reggae-rockers continued to play so that the festival’s promoter, Tom LaPenna of Luckyman Concerts, could encourage the crowd to move back because of what he called a “medical emergency” at the foot of the festival’s other stage, as fans pushed forward in anticipation of the Big Sean set. And for approximately 45 minutes, the music was on standby as security and medical professionals pulled people from the area and LaPenna worked to get the other concertgoers to cooperate, at one point saying “We don’t want to have the event canceled due to this.” Several fans were taken out on stretchers and the Tempe Police Department later reported that 10 to 12 people were taken to area hospitals, some with heat- and alcohol-related problems. Early Sunday morning, LaPenna issued a statement that read, in part: “Unfortunately, a few overzealous fans began pushing towards the stage causing the people closest to the stage to have their space compromised. The charismatic rapper turned in a spirited, crowd-pleasing set that started strong with “Paradise” and made its way through such obvious highlights as “All Your Fault,” two Kanye West singles that benefited greatly from his presence (“Clique” and “Mercy”), “Play No Games,” and “Beware.” He introduced the emotional highlight of his set, “One Man Can Change the World,” with a brief, uplifting speech about the power we possess as individuals, and afterwards, he noted that the song was dedicated, always, to his grandma – “the best grandma in the world,” who passed away a few months ago.

Slightly Stoopid followed with a set of breezy, reverb-saturated reggae-rock, topping the bill on a reggae stage that also saw performances by the Green, Iration and Pepper. Then he followed through with “Wet Dreamz,” the album’s third track, which had the audience rapping along as he shared his life on stage by summing up the loss of his virginity in a singalong chorus of “I ain’t never did this before.” From there, he made his way through “A Tale of 2 Citiez” and “Fire Squad,” on which he traced the history of cultural appropriation from Elvis to Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Macklemore and Iggy Azalea with righteous indignation.

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