By Staff Writer
In similar scenes to The Weeknd concert in Dubai last year, fans attempted to storm through gates while other ticket holders were fenced off, missing the performance
Organisers of the Eminem concert in Abu Dhabi on Friday have blamed fans for the rapper’s delayed performance.
In a statement to Arabian Business, Flash Entertainment said, “People without tickets were queuing and attempting to jump fences which security dealt with immediately. Eminem delayed his performance to make sure that fans could get inside the venue. Once all fans were inside, the concert began and we hope all enjoyed the atmosphere of Eminem live in the capital.”
Some Eminem fans experienced a delayed entrance to this evening’s concert at du Arena, which was to ensure the health and safety of fans entering the venue. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. pic.twitter.com/i0zORjZgMb— FLASH Entertainment (@ThinkFlash) October 25, 2019
However some fans were fenced off and missed the performance entirely, with one person stating on Facebook group Abu Dhabi Q&A: "We could not get in. Spent Dh900 for a concert and it was the most disorganised venue I have ever seen. Never again”.
Fans who were locked out also attempted to storm through closed gates in scenes similar to those at The Weeknd concert – also organised by Flash Entertainment – which took place in Dubai last November. At the time, the organisers defended their decision to close the gates prior to the concert due to safety concern.
They said at the time: "The du Arena can easily accommodate 35,000 concert-goers. However, due to a large number of fans arriving simultaneously to The Weeknd concert, the gates were closed as a safety measure."
Eminem’s performance was scheduled to begin at 8pm but the artist took to the stage at nearly 10pm.
Fans took to social media to describe what they called “chaotic and scary fan management”.
One Twitter user said, “Only downside - entrance two was so badly marshaled that people were climbing over the railings to get in. It could have ended in disaster. Poor from @ThinkFlash”.
Concert goers reported that tickets were not scanned by event organisers, with one Twitter user stating, “No one was scanning or looking at tickets, we were just ushered in once we got to the front, 2.5hrs after arriving”.
Another user said Flash Entertainment “tried to funnel thousands of people through a 7 foot wide entrance all at once” and should have had “several lanes for people to enter, all properly staffed with security and ticket checkers, like every other concert I’ve ever been to”.