All hell broke loose at the first India outing of thrash metal band Metallica when the show was abruptly called off just hours before their performance on Friday. The fans, who had gathered at the venue, Leisure Valley in Gurgaon, went berserk.
The seeds for the chaos were sowed earlier during the day when fans started flocking to the venue in droves and were seen drinking in the open and on the roads near the venue.
By the time the gates opened at 4pm, the crowd immediately rushed to the gates. In the ensuing rush, a barricade set up near the stage to keep the masses away broke. With the barricade broken, the crowd closed in on the stage. The private security guards and marshals deployed there could do little to control the crowd.
Some reports say the chaos began after Indian band Guillo tine, which was to perform before Metallica, left without performing. Angry at this, someone threw a stone and damaged a drum.
At 6.30pm, it was announced that the show had been postponed to Saturday due to ‘technical and security difficulties’. For the next couple of hours, media representatives from the event management company DNA Events neither took calls nor responded to text messages.
Meanwhile, the gathered fans broke open the barricades and barged into the venue with no one to control them. Their anger was visible with various objects like chairs, stones and even some musical instruments being thrown at the stage.
The district administration has said they will not issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the event for Saturday. Reacting to this, Christine Gorham of F1 Rocks’ PR and Communication from UK told HT, “We want the show to happen. It’s for our India promoter the DNA Rvents to look into what best can be done.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner PC Meena said, the R1 crore bank security that was taken from the organisers would now be forfeited.
Around 9pm, the stage and other fittings and other paraphernalia were being removed from the venue and being packed off into trucks.
Money back soon
The organisers—DNA network—have said they will return the money to the people in one to two days. Rajesh Chandwani, GM Operations, DNA Networks said, “All the money earned from online bookings will be returned in one or two days. Those who show us their tickets will also get their money back.”