Ticketless fans break into O2 | League of Legends All-Star event canceled | Foo Fighters drop Huntington Bank Arena show

“People without tickets rushing in to the O2 like Astroworld wasn’t a couple weeks ago..?”

Social media footage shows fans on Sunday, November 28th, smashing down barriers and storming past security checkpoints at the O2 arena in London to gain access to the second of two sold-out shows of the Nigerian star, Wizkid.

O2 arena - London, England

The videos posted were reminiscent of the footage taken hours before the Astroworld Festival tragedy in Houston, Texas earlier this month. Many of the posts on social media commented on how inappropriate the crowd’s behavior was in general but considering how little time has passed since Astroworld, this behavior was utterly unacceptable.

Two events, in the same month, where the crowd is out of control...🤔. This further highlights the necessity to address the concerns about the shortage of staff in the industry post-COVID, especially security.

Luckily, there were no injuries and the incident was resolved quickly. Nonetheless, the 20,000 seat arena announced they were “reviewing security procedures” to make sure the two following shows ran smoothly, and as far as we know, they have. Shoutout to the eventprofs for getting things under control the best they could in that moment and making sure to improve moving forward.

COVID FTW...again...still...we give up

Due to COVID travel restrictions, Riot Games’ global esports division has decided to cancel this year’s League of Legends All-Star event and opted out of a virtual alternative.

Riot didn’t make the decision lightly and stated that the online format fails to capture the “spirit of ASE, which is to bring pros, influencers, and fans together to celebrate LoL Esports season with cross-regional competition.”

esports arena

An esport event deciding to not go virtual says a lot for virtual events in the future. While the industry has had some success experimenting with the idea of online events, at the end of the day, nothing beats a live-in-person event.

The 2022 professional League season is set to start in January, fingers crossed that one isn’t called off as well due to COVID.

Get on board or get left behind...period.

The Foo Fighters have decided to drop their show at the Minneapolis Huntington Bank Arena from their 2022 US tour because of the venue’s “refusal to agree to the band’s COVID safety procedures”.

The band’s upcoming tour includes 16 dates scheduled from May to August next year, will begin in Pennsylvania and drop the final curtain in Los Angeles. Huntington Bank Stadium doesn’t require fans to use masks, have proof of vaccination or a negative test result to attend events at their venue. Due to the venue’s refusal to abide by the band’s proposed COVID measures they’re looking for alternative options for their show on August 3rd, 2022.

Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters have received lots of backlash since the return of live events because of their COVID protocols, from name calling reminiscent of 3rd grade with gems like ‘Flu Pfizers’ and ‘Flu Fighters’ to protests outside of their shows.

Despite the backlash, the Foo Fighters have kept their values constant and stated, “we continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, wear a mask when in large crowds, and take appropriate steps to protect public and personal health.” One year later and vaccine news is still front page. Anyone surprised?