Alexisonfire's Olympic Concert Results in Lawsuit Following Fan Injuries
Published Apr 01, 2011Last February, Alexisonfire took to Vancouver's LiveCity Yaletown venue for a free concert to coincide with the 2010 Olympics. As we reported, the show was hit with a "surge" from the crowd, breaking one of the venue's barricades and resulting in 20 injured fans and the evacuation of all 7,000 attendees. Now, a concerned parent is taking legal action.
The Province newspaper reports that Gursewak Khera, father of a 17-year-old concertgoer, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Vancouver and Live Nation Canada, as well as several unnamed defendants responsible for manufacturing or setting up the barrier.
Khera claims that his daughter fell and was trampled by other fans, causing a section of skin to tear off her right leg and requiring skin-graft surgery. She also allegedly suffered blistering and scarring from the incident, all problems allegedly falling on the negligence of the defendants.
Neither Live Nation nor the City of Vancouver have offered any comments at this time. In April 2010, however, City of Vancouver manager Penny Ballem pinned the responsibility on Live Nation in an email to The Province.