A younger lady who attended Calvin Harris’ sold-out gig at Belsonic has criticised the organisers and safety on the venue, claiming the crowd grew to become too packed.
iana Mya stated at one level she felt like her “entire body, arms and chest were crushed.”
Tiana (18), from Belfast, stated she received visitor checklist tickets for her and her pals to the A-list DJ’s set in Ormeau Park on Sunday however later took to TikTok to share a now-viral video about her horrific ordeal.
“We arrived early, and it wasn’t that busy. There were a few crowds, but nothing huge,” stated Tiana yesterday. “But it became one of the busiest concerts I’ve ever experienced.”
Tiana stated issues started when Harris took to the stage for his sold-out gig. “Everyone was so tight together, literally to the point when everyone jumped, you were dragged upwards with them. You couldn’t move your arms up,” she stated.
“I couldn’t move my head, my neck ended up being pointed to the sky because I couldn’t move it down because everyone was so squashed together. So many people have said the same thing to me, which is that you felt like you didn’t have air.”
Tiana stated regardless of having VIP visitor checklist tickets, it took her half an hour to transfer by way of the packed crowd, along with her issues solely persevering with when she arrived within the elite part. “It was just as bad, there were so many people pushing to get to the front and because we were all so packed in, you were just pushed with everyone,” she added.
“I’m not claustrophobic, however when it comes to feeling such as you don’t have air, anybody would really feel the identical. I really ended up having a panic assault and it was so packed when safety had seen me, they really had to push everybody out of the best way to get to me to carry me out. They did assist, they took me out and received me water, however it was so scary.
“I’ve heard so many similar stories in response to my TikTok video, that people were fainting and were just being handed water.”
Tiana criticised the dealing with of the crowd state of affairs, saying safety employees had been sluggish to act and had been merely lifting individuals they may immediately see in misery out of the realm.
She added: “I know concerts are crowded, there are always going to be loads of people at this type of concert, but this one was just completely different. Calvin Harris himself was unreal, but the crowd was ruthless.”
Tiana believes that if one thing severe had occurred within the crowd, it could have been tough to deal with.
“I was so scared, you thought you were going to be crushed or if you fell down you would be stood on. I’m not saying it was as bad as anything like Astroworld but it did make me think that if anything could have happened there is no way something could have been done” she stated, making reference to American rapper Travis Scott’s live performance final 12 months in Houston, Texas, which left 10 individuals useless due to a crush.
The tragedy has since seen performers extra conscious of their live performance attendees’ security with main pop stars like Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo all having been videoed stopping their performances to verify on followers who appeared to be in misery.
Tiana has stated her ordeal has made her assume twice about attending related future occasions.
She added: “I don’t think I would attend another concert like it unless I knew it was guaranteed to not be like that. Also as a girl, being pushed into and up against all these boys and men with them all in your face. I just wouldn’t go again to something like this.”
Belsonic has been approached for remark.