Steve Aoki’s headlining Halloween performance in Spain this week has ended on a very bad note. Following his set, a stampede formed at one of the venue’s exists. The crowd rush left three dead and two seriously injured.
The show, called Thriller Music Park, took place in Madrid for Halloween celebrations, but took a turn for the worst after apparently only one exit remained open, which was clogged with people. A witness told police, according to Pitchfork, that “there was a human plug in the only way out, because all the others were sealed… There were people crying, crushing, pulling up people who were trapped.” Another witness who called police described “an avalanche” of bodies.
An investigation is set to be undertaken after it was discovered that all the other exits were sealed, or so says Spanish publication El Pais.
Steve Aoki, who hasn’t had a great week, has only just posted an update about the situation, which you can check out below. In the statement, Aoki confirms that the next show of the tour has been cancelled out of respect for the departed and their loved ones.
“After my performance last night at Thriller Music Park at the Madrid Arena in Spain, I was devastated to hear that three people had died during a crowd rush at one of the exits. The safety of my fans has always been my top priority and had I known that there was any distress putting people in jeopardy within the venue I would have ended my show immediately. My show in Bilbao, Spain tonight will be cancelled out of respect for those who lost their lives and those who are injured. I would like to express my deepest condolences and heart-felt prayers to the families and loved ones during this difficult time.”