Antemasque Accused of Throwing Boiling Hot Water onto Fans

Antemasque Accused of Throwing Boiling Hot Water onto Fans
Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa
In our review of an Antemasque show back in the fall, we called this At the Drive-In/Mars Volta spinoff "a band built for live shows." Unfortunately, their wild onstage presence has now landed them in some, er, hot water, since fans who attended a New Zealand gig have complained that the band threw boiling water into the crowd.

The alleged incident happened at Auckland, New Zealand's Westfest, a heavy music festival at Mt Smart Stadium that took place on Tuesday (March 3). Footage from the performance (which can be seen below) shows the band's Cedric Bixler-Zavala throwing what appears to be a white plastic kettle into the crowd while liquid splashes onto the crowd.

Concertgoers told the New Zealand Herald that the water was boiling hot.

"Cedric threw a plastic kettle full of boiling hot water towards me and my friends," attendee Hugh Smith said. "We were standing about four to five metres back. I threw my hand up to catch it before it collided with my friend's face ... this bruised my hand and then splashed hot water all over him and my face. It bloody hurt. My friend's arm went all burny pink."

See a photo of the injured arm over at the Herald.

Other fans corroborated the report. One concertgoer said that the water was streaming, and it appeared that some fans had been burned, while another added that the water "wasn't scalding hot, but it was hot." The latter witness didn't seek medical attention after being splashed.

Throughout the rest of the set, Bixler-Zavala reportedly threw around speakers, gear and his microphone stand, eventually throwing his microphone at the end of the set.

Westlife organizers are reportedly investigating the incident but haven't officially commented on the matter.