As Billie Eilish retires from performing at London’s O2 Arena after several fans passed out in blistering heat and had to be carried through security
- American pop star said she knew people ‘fainted’ amid stage pressure
- In the O2 arena, she asked people to step back so fans wouldn’t get ‘squashed’
- Those who were at the Billie Eilish concert also saw fans being turned off due to the heat
Billie Eilish stopped her show during the performance so she could offer help to fans who passed out amid soaring temperatures in London.
The American pop star is videotaped stopping the music and telling fans at the O2 Arena, “People are passing out and being pulled out.”
Billie Eilish then asks, ‘Are you okay? Let me know. It’s hot.’
Gig-goers at the 20,000-capacity venue then tell her they’re being ‘squashed’ and carried out by security personnel amid the massive crowds and soaring temperatures of 23C in London yesterday.
She then tells fans to step back from the stage on her Happer Than Ever World Tour and restart the performance.
Fan safety was also a concern this month at a UK music festival, which has been criticized by performances for its poor management, as thousands of guests were reportedly crushed trying to escape torrential downpours.
Billie Eilish was filmed narrating the concert. “People pass out and are pulled out. Are we okay? Let me know. It’s hot’
She stopped the music so fans could go back across the stage and started it again as soon as everyone was comfortable again.
Billie Eilish (pictured during last night’s gig) wasn’t just concerned about fan safety at London’s O2 arena
Billie Eilish wasn’t just concerned about the safety of fans at the O2 arena in London.
According to the BBC, she stopped her Happier Than Ever tour show in Atlanta in February to ask security to grab an inhaler for someone struggling to breathe.
And at New York’s Madison Square Garden, she said fans could sit down at her concert if they wanted to.
Yesterday, fans were also seen using the lights on their phones to alert security personnel to one person who was having trouble at the pop star show.
Security personnel was filmed carrying fans from the 02 Arena during Billie Eilish’s performance yesterday. You can see a woman carried by a man as he leads her away from the concert
Billie Eilish also heard concertgoers say, ‘Take a step back, give everyone some space. Be polite. If someone looks a little fuzzy, just tell someone. Don’t try to save feelings’
The huge crowds at London’s 20,000 capacity 02 Arena for Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish also heard concertgoers say, ‘Take a step back, give everyone some space. Be polite. If someone looks a little fuzzy, just tell someone. Don’t try to save feelings.’
She thanked the security staff and said she “appreciated” them and restarted the show after three minutes.
There were also security concerns at Love Saves The Day at Bristol’s Ashton Court on 2 and 3 June, which saw a total of 60,000 festival-goers.
It was completely ruined after heavy rains halted the performance, people tore fences from the ground to keep above them as cover and even used roll cages as protection against the freezing weather.
And it only got worse as people tried to leave, with the exit gates being described as a “mass exodus” as everyone rushed home and into the heat.
A spokesperson for the festival organizers said in a statement to the Mirror: ‘Despite the challenging circumstances, our event safety management plan has not been compromised at any time.
“Our team worked together dynamically to manage the situation and the impact of the weather.”