The girl at the centre of the Soundwave flare fiasco has taken to her tumblr account to have her say on the issue. girlwithapug, as she is known on the social networking site, has asked for calmer heads to prevail over the issue, playing down the hype surrounding her injuries.
“During bring me the horizon someone decided to let off a flare in the middle of the mosh, that was all well and good, as i was one person away from the barrier. Until someone decided to throw one towards the stage, this just happening to hit me on the shoulder, realising id been burnt, i was then pushed to the ground by the crowd, ALMOST LANDING ON THE DAMN FLARE (sic).”
It was left to an unknown stranger to pick her up off the ground. The issue got worse when security couldn’t get her out of the pit as “the crowd was freaking out” and pinning her against the barrier. Security apparently made matters worse when she attempted to enter the First Aid tent at side of stage, but she eventually made her way through.
It seems that rumours of her injuries may have been exaggerated in the heat of the moment. It appears that it only took a short hospital stint and a few stitches to fix the gash on the Newcastle native’s shoulder but, damn, that shit still looks painful. “I’m not disfigured guys, there’s just a small hole in my shoulder – gosh,” she says.
Regardless of the severity of the injuries, the situation is an example of how easily things could have turned sour. Soundwave organisers are now going to be revising security plans after at least three flares were set off in Sydney yesterday, injuring three people.
A picture has been released of a male youth holding a lit flare during the Bring Me The Horizon set, which is about as red handed as you can get.
So yesterday at sydney soundwave, during bring me the horizon someone decided to let off a flare in the middle of the mosh, that was all well and good, as i was one person away from the barrier. Until someone decided to throw one towards the stage, this just happening to hit me on the shoulder, realising id been burnt, i was then pushed to the ground by the crowd, ALMOST LANDING ON THE DAMN FLARE. luckily a guy who i didn’t even get to see helped me up. i then had to scream at the security at the front to help me out, at which point they couldn’t because the crowd was freaking out and i was pinned to the barrier. after finally getting pulled out i was then directed out to go back to the normal crowd, and yelled at by multiple security for heading towards the first aid tent side of the stage, until a whole lot of swearing and trying to get someone to actually stop for 5 seconds and realise, i was finally sent to the tent.
kudos to the man who looked after me, i dont think there was a whole 60 seconds that he wasn’t putting saline on my shoulder and tried to clean it, we then had to walk all the way over to the base camp for first aid, where i basically stood under a shower for 10 minutes to clean it a little, my shoulder was then dressed and i was told to go to hospital. due to my living in newcastle they told us to drive home and go to john hunter. so after the 20 minute walk back to the car. the 2 hour or so drive home, i got to belmont hospital, where it was poked and prodded to see if they could actually even stitch it up, which luckily they could, so a few stitches later and a 1am trip to work for some dinner, i find myself snuggled in bed with the comfort of my pug.
I AM NOT DISFIGURED. IT WAS MY SHOULDER. NOT MY FOREARM. IT WAS NOT MELTED PLASTIC. IT WAS THE FLARE ITSELF.
just wanted to clear that up guys.
ps guys, i just wanna say thankyou to the guy that was nice enough to stop and help me back up when everyone else was too busy trying to get away. and to the young man who helped me in first aid, he was constantly checking me and keeping my shoulder cool, he even went out and found my friends in the crowd for me.
and to the lovely kirra who battled on and drove me home!
@charthedinosaur Thank you. I didn’t have her details. Grateful that it is not as bad as what I was told.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 25, 2013
@dougieharvey No. Poor little thing is really hurt. Massive awful burn on her forearm. I am devastated for her. 🙁
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 24, 2013
Dear piece of shit who lit the flare in BMTH pit: Tonight you seriously burned and disfigured a young girl. I hope you fucking get yours.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) February 24, 2013