Whilst at the Southampton date (October 9th, 2015) of their latest headline run of the UK, Northlane and at least one fan in the crowd experienced an altercation with a member of the security team at the Talking Heads venue. The guard in question was allegedly overly aggressive, and the band were forced to stop their set when they saw the guard “throw a kid that was crowdsurfing up against the wall by the throat and rough him up.” On their official Facebook page following the show, guitarist Josh Smith made this statement about the situation:
“Southampton, apologies about stopping our set.
I left the stage and interjected when I saw the head of security for the venue throw a kid that was crowdsurfing up against the wall by the throat and rough him up. During this incident he threatened to end the show for all of you guys.
Further claims of other incidents of abuse came up at the end of the show from fans that were leaving, even one with a bleeding nose claiming he’d been punched in the face by a security guard.
The security also intimidated, threatened and insulted us, members of other bands on the tour, some of our crew and our friends after the show. They attempted to start a physical altercation with Gus from volumes.
We have also been told the guard that was involved in the initial abuse even has a Facebook page that’s been made for people to speak up against him, a repeat offender of violence against people he’s being paid protect in an environment where he can get away with it.
We won’t stand for this shit and I won’t let it pass. Action is being taken as far as we can against the guard in question.
In response to the band’s statement, James Tuckey, the fan who was roughed up and described in the above statement, added the following comment to the scenario:
“I’m sorry for having you guys stop the set. I literally crowd surfed and came down to the bald member of security dragging me by the throat and the scruff of my tshirt and shoving me against the wall. I have visible marks around my neck. I’m sorry for my angry reaction but I’d freaked out. Also first hand witnessed same member of security attempt to start an altercation with multiple members of the tour package, even shoving Gus Farias and telling him “get back on your pretty little tour bus”… How is this guy employed?! Once again, sorry for any trouble I caused… was having an unbelievable night up until then.” to which the band have replied to Tuckey with “Don’t apologize, we are with you.”
Yesterday, Northlane provided an update on the situation and confirmed that the security guard had been dismissed from his position with the following tweet:
Just an update for you, the abusive security guard from Southampton has been fired from his position as a result of actions against him.
— Northlane (@Northlane) October 12, 2015