A Parkway Drive fan has been hospitalised with a fractured jaw and a serious laceration above his eye, after being knocked out in a mosh pit during the band’s recent Newcastle show.
27-year-old Newcastle local Todd Heeps told Music Feeds he was enjoying the band’s show at NEX Newcastle on Saturday, 27th October, before he was accidentally elbowed in the face and fell to the ground.
“I remember being wheeled out with blood all over me,” Heeps said.
“Then I woke up in hospital, which was a little bit shocking not full understanding what had happened… I remember the boys playing ‘Carrion’, then I sorta just came to my senses in hospital.”
After Heeps was injured, Parkway Drive paused their show to allow medics to treat him and remove him from the crowd.
“I heard about the band pausing the show from friends that I attended the gig with… Absolutely stoked with the way it was handled. Massive respect to Parkway Drive and everyone involved,” Heeps said.
“It was definitely an unlucky and unfortunate situation that was handled tremendously well given the amount of people and how full on the pit can be.”
Heeps has been in hospital for two days and is awaiting surgery. He hasn’t heard from Parkway Drive, but he said he isn’t expecting to, and he still plans to attend the band’s next Newcastle show.
“I think that’s my seventh or eighth time watching the boys live. Definitely hope they come back and keep producing the goods,” he said.
“The boys did plenty by looking out for me on the night. We all know there are swinging arms in the pit. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Music Feeds has contacted Parkway Drive and NEX Newcastle for comment.
Parkway Drive’s 2018 national tour with Killswitch Engage and Thy Art Is Murder continues in Melbourne on Friday, 2nd November, before finishing up in Adelaide and Perth.