Deathcore band says sorry
Deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder apologises for inciting fans to charge the stage at the Soundwave music festival in Brisbane on Saturday. Nine NewsPT0M27S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-33b54 620 349 February 24, 2014
Revellers were encouraged to overpower security and jump on stage during a performance at the Soundwave festival in Brisbane on Saturday.
The crowd were reportedly told to rush the stage by Australian deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder, resulting in dozens of fans climbing over security barriers.
Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah said on Saturday that police could have cancelled the show and security had requested to leave.
Australian metal band Thy Art is Murder. Photo: facebook.com/savagephotofilm
Maddah inititally said the band had been kicked off the tour for remaining shows, but had a change of heart later in the evening.
"Hopefully we'll see a more considerate band on the rest of the tour," he wrote on Twitter.
"They'll stay on provided there are no further displays of gross stupidity."
Maddah had earlier claimed that the band told fans they outnumbered security and encouraged fans to "Smash them. All of you get on the stage."
He accused the band of "risking the lives of my staff, the police, security and injuring your own fans".
Thy Art Is Murder, which has more than 300,000 fans online, issued an apology on its Facebook page on Saturday.
"Apologies to all affected by our set today at Soundwave Festival. We will see you tomorrow 4pm at Stage 6A Sydney," they wrote.
The NSW band was formed in 2006 and its second album, Hate, reached number 35 on the ARIA charts in 2012.
A Queensland Police spokeswoman said there were about 20 drug-related arrests at the festival, and the crowd was generally well-behaved.