Review: Show goes on at Summer Ends Music Festival

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

TEMPE, Arizona — As many as 12 people were injured after a crowd rushed a stage during a music festival Saturday night at a park near the city’s downtown, authorities said.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. Concertgoers described the frightening moments just after 7:30 p.m. local time as “suffocating.” Scorching temperatures in the triple digits were recorded in the Tempe area as the Summer Ends Music Festival played on. The name of the festival may be Summer Ends but as anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in Arizona can tell you, there are still several weeks to go before summer can be declared over.

Most of the tracks off of Hozier’s debut self-titled album are a unique mix of folk and rock and he managed to make both sound great on Thursday as he switched between the two pretty seamlessly. Rebelution was scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m. “There’s been lots of scuffles and dehydrated people because everyone’s been drinking,” Grand Canyon University student Hailey Ferris, 18, told the newspaper.

It’s intense.” Another fan was reported as saying “We were suffocating.” It was not immediately clear what caused the incident at the Tempe Beach Park. Concert promoter Tom LaPenna told the Republic that the plug was pulled on Rebelution’s set because of “a medical emergency.” LaPenna worked to get the fans to move back and allow the medical professionals access to the area in front of the venue’s east stage. He also did a cover of the Ariana Grande and Iggy Azelia song “Problem” while also throwing in a little bit of Warren G and Nate Dogg’s “Regulate” just for fun.

He even referred to himself as a desert rat. “Same desert, different cacti,” said Flowers midway through his set, referring to his home state of Nevada. A lot of Flowers’ solo material feels as if it could easily be found on just about any Killers album but a good portion of his solo work has a very distinct sound to it. “Lonely Town” has a very ‘80s vibe to it while “Diggin’ Up The Heart” feels like it has a heavy Bruce Springsteen influence to it. He displayed a ton of charisma and a great sense of humor that showed why he is so successful as the frontman of the Killers and why they were one of the biggest bands in the world at one point. He even showed what a nice guy he was as he stopped his bandmates mid-song during “Magdalena” to check on a fan who looked like she might have passed out from heat exhaustion.

But they did manage to perform their most well-known songs like “Hang Me Up to Dry” and “We Used to Vacation” much to the delight of those who showed up early to see them.

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