Overcrowding, safety and security concerns on Sunday brought to a premature end, the London concert of Olamide, Nigerian rapper, and his YBNL crew.
The concert which was held at the Eventim Apollo, London, was sold out weeks beforehand.
After opening the show, Olamide passed the baton to the other acts on the performing bill – Adekunle Gold, Sean Tizzle, Lil Kesh, among others.
However, the rapper’s final performance which was meant to draw the curtain on the concert, failed to happen due to safety concerns.
The fans outside, who were unable to make it into the overcrowded venue, kept surging to make it in by all means.
By the time he was billed to mount the stage, the safety alarms in the venue were repeatedly blaring, forcing the security to bring the show to an end.
“With huge anticipation around the sold out concert, the headline acts Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold and Olamide entertained the 5000 strong fans at the Eventim Apollo”, said Junior Adeosun, CEO of Smade events.
“With the doors opening early, DJ’s EniMoney, Unbeatable, Neptizzle and Sean alongside the Acenote band and other acts ensured the fans were in party mood before and during Olamide’s first performance.
“The only downside was the failure of Olamide to give his close off performance due to stoppages brought about by crowd trouble in and outside of the venue. With the venue at capacity the security had no choice but to close the doors refusing an angry couple hundred fans entry into the concert.
“After the headline acts had given incredible performances, the show had climaxed with Olamide returning to the stage only to be closed down by the arena due to continuous attempts by fans to gain entry into the venue, the safety alarm in the venue going off consistently and most importantly the time taken to resolve the developing problems.
“To Olamide’s and the fans disappointment, fans were denied the highly expected performance of his monster hit who you EPP and a few others tracks.
“I made all attempts were made to ensure Olamide gave his final performance including offering to cover any security costs to the venue but we eventually had to understand the health and safety concerns of the arena owners as the crowd outside continuously rushed the door.”
Meanwhile, the rapper has expressed sadness at the turn of events while also apologising to fans who were disappointed by the abrupt ending.
“I guess we might need a bigger venue next. I heard some fans couldn’t get in. I’m so sorry guys”, the rapper said on Snapchat.