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URGENT: Lupe Fiasco Melbourne Zoo Concert

  • theobus's picture
    says: (26 Feb '10)

    The reason for this post is to talk about tonight's Lupe Fiasco concert held at the Melbourne Zoo here in Australia.

     

    I want to explain how this embarrassing evening unfolded and apologise to Lupe on behalf of the REAL Melbourne supporters.

     

    I (along with my group of friends) arrived at the gates early and lined up along with twenty or so other fans who also got there early in order to secure a good spot right up front. We stood in the one place for three and a half hours watching the opening acts with growing excitement.

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theobus's picture
on February 26, 2010

The reason for this post is to talk about tonight's Lupe Fiasco concert held at the Melbourne Zoo here in Australia.

 

I want to explain how this embarrassing evening unfolded and apologise to Lupe on behalf of the REAL Melbourne supporters.

 

I (along with my group of friends) arrived at the gates early and lined up along with twenty or so other fans who also got there early in order to secure a good spot right up front. We stood in the one place for three and a half hours watching the opening acts with growing excitement. Unfortunately for the openers, who might not have been completely aware, the crowd could not enjoy their music to the fullest extent due to unusually bad acoustics.

 

Once the time came for Lupe to come out it was well and truly dark and the crowd was at full capacity. Lupe came out accompanied by the lead in to Shining Down. The crowd was very excited to hear this song live and as Lupe approached the mic our eyes were wide and we listened impatiently for the opening lyrics. However, due to the aforementioned acoustic troubles, Lupe's voice was barely heard and our excitement turned into confusion and disappointment (obviously this was not Lupe's fault and no blame is given to him or his people).

 

Anyway, Lupe continued with a classic and a new song along with the song 'The National Anthem' off his recent 'Enemy Of The State' mixtape. Unfortunately the crowd was plagued with "fans" of Lupe that didn't even know his material so the only people that bounced along with 'The National Anthem' were a tiny pocket (including my group) of real Lupe addicts, all the while the rest of the crowd stayed silent. Because of the lack of familiarity with Lupe's work, certain members of the crowd began to get rowdy. Here is where the BIG problem occurred.

 

When 'Hip-Hop Saved My Life' began, a huge wave of pushing swept the crowd and hit the front with full force. All of the early arrivers (I should note that many of them were girls) were therefore sandwiched up against the metal guard rail. The security (or lack there of) could not figure out how to contain the crowd and resorted to spraying water over everyone (a hugely ineffective tactic). Soon after this the worst happened. One of my group members went into shock because of the violent and frightening behaviour of the crowd and had to be pulled out by security. Then, a group of five or six girls (among the first to arrive that afternoon) had to be carried out to safety. Another of my group members suffered a knee injury and quickly my whole group and many, many others had been pulled out and taken behind the stage.

 

Yes this might just sound like a whining fan who couldn't take the heat but I should mention that I recently attended the Tech N9ne and Wu-Tang Clan concert where I witnessed nothing even close to the fiasco (excuse the pun) I and many others experienced tonight at the Melbourne Zoo concert. My theory as to why this happened is because the Zoo (being a zoo and all) was ill equipped and lacked vital experience to hold such a large scale event. One example of this is that alcohol was being served in glass bottles which is strictly prohibited at proper concert venues as is a huge safety risk. Another example is that the security seemed inexperienced to handle such a large crowd, exhibited by the treatment of my injured brother who wasn't helped by security and offered first aid but who was basically dragged out and had to ask numerous times for medical attention.

 

I'm very worried that this has left a dark imprint in Lupe's mind about doing shows in Melbourne again, especially since last year's show was so damn successful. I would like to apologise on behalf of the real Melbourne Lupe fans and hope that in the future, event organisers can put together a safe, enjoyable show and we can put tonight's ordeal behind us.

 

Peace.

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theobus's picture

AMENDMENT: "One example of this is that alcohol was being served in glass bottles which is strictly prohibited at proper concert venues as is a huge safety risk." This may have been interpreted as me claiming serving is glass bottles is illegal, that is not my intended claim I meant it to mean that serving glass bottles is usually prohibited at concerts as it can pose a huge safety risk to the concert patrons and performers.
theobus's picture

Yeah I hope he comes back to a normal venue like last time, was more intimate when he performed at Palace
ExposingTheWicked's picture

URGENT
SarcasticleeOdd's picture

To bad what happened but you witnessed the talent that is LUPE. Shake it Off UNTIL he returns whenever.
theobus's picture

I hope nothing stops him from coming back either, but next time go back to a proper venue that is equipped for such an event. I would like to say I enjoyed myself but barely hearing four songs before having to leave doesn't really leave a warm impression in my mind (unlike last year's incredible performance).
hatti's picture

I want to thank you LUPE for coming to Sound Safari @ Melbourne and honouring us with your presence. Your show was Amazing! Incredible! There are not enough words to describe how great you were. When you sang a bit of the Everyone Nose remix, I didn't expect it, I loved it!ThankYou. Can't pick a favourite song of the night because you were out doing yourself on every song...I was recording most of the night lol. I hope you won't allow the technical difficulties or other matters that occured last night keep you from coming back to our land Down Under lol. Just would also like to say that everyone that was there last night, were all there for you, as fans of yours. Regardless of whether or not they were singing along with you or I should say trying to keep up with your rapping lol. Let's keep it on the positive people! It was a beautiful warm Summer night, just perfect for Sound Safari. We coun;t have asked for better weather. LUPE, be sure to come back to our country...We/Your fans love you!!! We're all Laserrrrrs!!!!!! Lupe Fiasco saved my life!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for reading, Hatti.
theobus's picture

Exactly! I actually asked one of the supervisors to try and get someone to tell Lupe to ask the crowd to stop or he will stop performing but I don't think the message could be relayed across. If Lupe saw people pulled out of the crowd he might have just assumed we were messing around and were taken out as punishment not because of safety issues. My impression was that Lupe didn't even really wanna be up there. Last year he came out blazing and was amping up the audience straight away yelling out shit about Melbourne city but last night he did four songs in a row without saying hey to the audience. He probably knew everything was in shambles and just wanted to get out of there (and I don't blame him).
Lm_wfc's picture

Alcohol wasn't the problem, bad planning was. Why didn't lupe just ask fr everyone to stop?
theobus's picture

Too true although last year the show was held at a proper venue with a fully equipped bar and nothing even remotely similar happened. It was due to poor organisation and supervision and I wouldn't be surprised if Lupe feels a little similar (he would have had to notice the shocking acoustics).
ExposingTheWicked's picture

shit happens when alcohol is sold...