A Neck Deep gig last night was cancelled only two songs into their set, after a fight broke out between the band and the security staff at Rock City in Nottingham. The incident was sparked when security began attempting to remove crowd-surfers. The band, and many of the fans, believed that the security staff were using excessive force when removing the crowd-surfers, with videos surfacing of people being held in headlocks and being dragged away from the stage.
The band attempted to intervene, and when this led to an altercation between themselves and the security staff, the band left the stage and the rest of the show was cancelled. Fans stayed behind after the band’s departure, many of them shouting at the security staff.
The band have now released their full statement about the incident, which you can read below:
‘A Neck Deep show – any show for that matter – should be a protected and positive environment, where everyone is safe and free to enjoy music being played.
‘The safety of our fans is our number one priority, but no-one involved in a show should EVER be in fear of harm or injury – be that fans, crew, venue staff, security or the band.
‘The events that transpired last night were regretful and deeply unfortunate. Things rapidly escalated to a point that they should never have gotten to. We believe that violence is never a solution, and that everything that went down could and should have been handled better by all parties.
‘We are so very sorry to anyone who was in any way hurt, upset or inconvenienced last night.
‘All scheduled tour dates will go ahead as planned, and we will be taking extra measures to ensure that these events are never again repeated.
‘For everyone in attendance last night, we are working on a rescheduled date for you, and we will ensure that your original tickets will remain valid / be reissued.
‘Thank you all for reading and for your understanding.
Rock City owners DHP have said that they would not be making any additional comments to those made in conjunction with Neck Deep, and that a rescheduled date for those in attendence will be announced soon.