As of Saturday morning, four women have died after being trampled in a stampede at Steve Aoki’s Halloween show in Madrid, Spain. As a result of the incident, the DJ/producer canceled the following night’s show that would have been held in Bilbao. Aoki has stated that the cancellation is out of respect for those who had died in the Madrid show.
Aoki was performing at the Madrid Arena before a crowd of 20,000, however the venue was only approved for 10,800. In a statement released after the show, the concert’s promoter has denied that the venue was over capacity. The event was titled Thriller Music Park with a theme that involved the concertgoers dressing in costumes from the Michael Jackson Thriller music video.
The event’s promoter has also released an explanation of the events that led to the tragedy. A staff member set off a flare within the arena panicking the crowd and causing them to rush for the exits. The trampling occurred because of a bottleneck at one of the venue’s 11 exits.
The blockage was reportedly due to people lying on the floor and vomiting in the hallway. Because the stampede was localized to just one of the exits, many of the other concertgoers were unaware that that the stampede had occurred. Paramedics arrived to find five people needing help, with two of them in cardiac arrest.
Attempts to resuscitate two them failed and the third died shortly after arriving at a hospital. The fourth died two days later, early Saturday morning. Aoki has released a statement offering his condolences and stating that he would have canceled the show immediately had he known that his fans were in danger.