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Summer Ends Festival in Tempe, Arizona devolved into a chaotic, frightening scene on Saturday, as hot and rowdy concertgoers rushed the stage and trampled several people in the process. According to KTVK, at least 10 people were injured when the crowd at Tempe Beach Park surged towards the stage during Rebelution’s set around 7:30 PM. Nine of the injured were taken to nearby hospitals.
“It was crazy,” a fan in attendance described to KTVK. “People were getting pushed, stepped on, trampled over. Nobody was really caring about anybody.” Some were crushed against the crowd barriers while others were caught underfoot. “We were suffocating,” said another attendee.
The festival was postponed and the crowd cleared while medical staff attended to the injured, but performances resumed a short time later for J. Cole’s headlining spot.
Unfortunately, an aggressive crowd wasn’t the only problem the event faced. At least another seven individuals were hospitalized for heat and alcohol-related incidents on throughout the day.
Though a smaller attendance was expected on Sunday, which saw Kanye West headline, precautions were taken with the addition of cooling areas, water refill stations, and more shaded areas. Festival organizers also rearranged the barricades as to better channel the crowds.
“Last night, the high temperature and a non-violent crowd that surged toward the stage were responsible for the treatment or observation of about 300 concertgoers by Tempe Fire Medical Rescue,” City of Tempe spokeswoman Nikki Ripley said in a statement. “Alcohol played a role for some of the people needing treatment. About 16 people were transported to area hospitals. Activities on the stage were temporarily halted in order to provide treatment and to ask concertgoers to back up.”