Steve Aoki promoter on Epic barricade collapse: No one asked for a refund

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Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

Another weekend, another crazy show at Epic. Seven days after a Yo Gotti show ended in tragedy, the downtown Minneapolis club hosted party-hard DJ Steve Aoki. As we now know, the swell of people at the front of the stage was so powerful at the start of his set that it knocked over the front barricade and sent lots of people piling on top of each other.

One person watching with concern was the night's promoter, Sound in Motion's Jack Trash. "I've been throwing parties for 20 years, I worked at First Ave for five years, and I've never seen a surge like the one I saw," he says of Saturday. "It was just insane. Everyone wants to be at the front when he starts. There were a lot of people who had a good time, but it was just crazy for a few minutes."

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Trash says that he spent the hours of his Sunday night scouring social media for complaints about the event. "We were offering complimentary tickets for people who had a bad experience at the show," he says. And a bit of a search of our own generally yielded comments like this one as the harshest.

He mentions a girl who said she dislocated her knee, and City Pages photographer Anna Gulbrandsen sustained some bruises after being pinned under the fallen barricade, but didn't see much aside from some people shaken up. "If you had a bad experience, we want to take care of you. If they say it sucked, I'll give them a refund. We haven't had a single request for a refund."

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Steve Aoki is about to launch this cake into the throngs at Epic.

Trash emphasizes that the intense nature of Steve Aoki's performances -- stage-diving, shooting clouds of CO2, and tossing full-sized cakes into the crowd -- makes an audience want to get close to the front. After the barricade fell, and the performance stopped for ten minutes, he says Aoki's stage team "tamed the performance down" and removed elements from the rest of the night.

A planned dive from the balcony into a raft was scrapped, as a result. Once the barricade was fixed and put back, more security were set in place at the front, but the crowd still raged on. When the cakes flew a few minutes later, the pushing and shoving continued, but he says there were no more major issues from then on.

"It's like when you go to a Gwar show," Trash says. "You know you're gonna get covered in blood. If you don't want to get covered in blood, you stay as far away as you possibly can."


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16 comments
Isaac Veldkamp
Isaac Veldkamp

MAN! i wish i was here, Jack Trash and Sound In Motion literally put on the BEST shows. So upset I missed this one.... Thanks for all the hard work guys! keep doing what you do, i want more!

Scott Malam
Scott Malam

"If you had a bad experience, we want to take care of you. If they say it sucked, I'll give them a refund. We haven't had a single request for a refund." - Jack Trash

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

This happens all the time at the Artists' Quarter. Epic should have realized how many people would want to get close to see the virtuoso Aoki push buttons and pull faders.

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

This happens at the Artists' Quarter all the time. Epic should have realized that people will want to get up close to see the virtuoso Aoki pull faders and push buttons. Nobody can click a MacBook mouse and throw cake at you at the same time the way this brilliant musician can.

Anna G
Anna G

Nicely put from JT. I've also never seen anything like that happen, at any EDM event or rock or hip-hop show. Seems like it was an unprecedented problem that no one could have planned any differently for. In my opinion, it's a testament to security doing a good job of reacting quickly that no one seems to be too severely injured.

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

Epic sucks for shows. Terrible sightlines. Even worse than Mill City Nights.

nrupar1
nrupar1

@ElliotPark The faders and everything else is programmed 95% of the time with these performances anyway, it's all for show.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@ElliotPark Uh, what? Nobody is claiming Steve Aoki is a musician. He's a DJ...

burtonbrdr77
burtonbrdr77

@Nicholas Rupar my white hat won't go on backwards anymore and my jeans lost some jewels, but redbull and jager enabled me to escape without any harm

musicman123
musicman123

@Nicholas Rupar I almost got crushed between the barricade and the stage while I was up in the photo pit, I think all of us got out in time


mccar588
mccar588

@David Hlavac NOTHING is worse than Mill City

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

Interesting. Since the event is being referred to as a concert in the article I was led to believe he was a musician. Still why would DJ aficionados need an up close view of button pushing and mouse clicking?

hugecomedyfan
hugecomedyfan

@ElliotPark bro, as long as we're talking about shows lets talk about getting you signed up at acme.

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