An 18-year-old woman is in critical condition after suffering a heart attack, and at least thirty other fans suffered injuries in a crowd crush that occurred during Limp Bizkit's performance at Friday night's (1/26) Big Day Out festival date in Australia. According to Australian press reports, the crowd at the Showgrounds in Sydney surged forward as Limp Bizkit, the day's final act, performed after nightfall. Attendance at the show was estimated to be around 50,000. The band pulled out of the three remaining Big Day Out concerts in Melbourne (Sunday), Adelaide (February 2) and Perth (February 5) over concerns about the "cavalier attitude toward fan safety by festival organizers."
"We'd like to express tremendous sorrow over the injuries suffered by our fans during the Big Day Out concert," the band said in a written statement. "Concern for our fans' safety and well-being is our first priority, and to have people hurt during what is supposed to be an enjoyable and unifying experience affects us profoundly." The teen, who was not identified in the local report, was resuscitated after having oxygen pumped into her lungs and receiving an adrenaline shot from emergency medical technicians backstage, the Morning Herald reported. She was taken to Concorde Hospital in Sydney and remains under observation there. "We'd like to express tremendous sorrow over the injuries suffered by our fans during the Big Day Out concert," Limp Bizkit said in the statement. "We pray for the life of the heart attack victim."
The band said it alerted the promoter, Creative Entertainment of Australia, about crowd-safety issues after the first Big Day Out show in Auckland, New Zealand, on January 19, and again after the second concert in Gold Coast, Australia, on January 21.