Portola Festival Draws Out-of-Control Crowds That Stormed Stage
Portola Festival Festival-Goers Hop Barricade ... Organizers Say No Injuries or Arrests
9/25/2022 9:21 AM PT
6:19 AM PT -- 9/26 -- A source connected to the festival tells us this wasn't an issue of gate crashing or panic, the people seen in the viral videos were paying festival-goers with tickets. We're told there were no injuries or arrests related to the incident, either, just fans hopping a barrier to get to a stage.
A rep for Portola says, "There was a minimal, isolated issue with a festival stage entrance yesterday. This occurred within the confines of the grounds and was quickly addressed and corrected. There were no reported injuries and the festival continued for another 6 hours without incident."
The Portola Festival in San Francisco was out of control Saturday, and it was impossible not to look and recall the tragedy in Houston.
The event went down at Pier 80 in San Fran, and it was packed with people ... some of whom stormed the barricades to get inside for Fred Again and Charli XCX.
@PortolaFestival @SFFDPIO @EDMIdentity @SFGate The entrances and exits to the warehouse stage were super dangerous and poorly planned. What happened?! #portola #portolafestival pic.twitter.com/KR2JNNz7Ny— Tom Consolazio (@tom_consolazio) September 25, 2022 @tom_consolazio
Whatever security was there ... they were completely overwhelmed. It didn't seem there was any serious attempt to control the crowd.
A big mess inside @PortolaFestival at Pier 80. Hundreds of people jamming up to get inside the warehouse stage with no real direction/crowd control from the venue staff. Some people were getting crushed (hopefully not hurt) @KPIXtv pic.twitter.com/9ZE5fjyWCE— Sara Donchey (@SaraDonchey) September 25, 2022 @SaraDonchey
The Festival runs through Sunday and some of the biggest names in dance music are hitting the stage, including Flume, The Chemical Brothers, Gorgon City, Kaytranada, James Blake, M.I.A., Lane 8, Peggy Gou, Fatboy Slim, Caroline Polachek, Toro Y Moi, Caribou, Jamie xx, Four Tet+Floating Points and more.
The Festival is produced by Goldenvoice ... the same org that puts on Coachella.
As far as we know, there were no serious injuries ... at least so far.
Originally Published -- 9/25 9:21 AM PT