Rapper, fans injured in stage dive accident

 

UPDATE: Watsky has posted a long apology on his Facebook. Read it below.

The Vans Warped tour in London came to a screeching halt on Sunday after a stage dive by US rapper Watsky went horribly wrong, injuring fans and himself. As seen in the photo (posted by Gigwise), the San Fran MC – who’s released songs like ‘Kill A Hipster’ and ‘Ugly Faces’ – scaled a ten-metre-plus light rig above the stage before throwing himself into the pit. Obviously trying to get into our Insane Concert Moments list

This short video captures the moment and although it misses the actual fall, but still gives you an idea of the drop…

According to Gigwise's reporter, the crowd parted before he landed, but one female fan suffered a broken arm on impact and other fans were also hurt. Watsky was reportedly hauled off in an ambulance with unknown injuries, with the festival restarting not long after.

Despite wild conjecture on YouTube underneath the videos, there’s no word yet on his condition from Watsky or the festival yet. Given the height, it’s lucky no one died. 

Watsky has since posted a sincere apology on his Facebook page. It reads: 

"This is news to some, but many of you may have heard about the incident today at Warped Tour London. I jumped off an extremely tall lighting tress during my last song, and was taken to the hospital for examination. I was released, and I'm fine, besides some nicks, bruises, and the shame of endangering the crowd. The fall broke a girl's arm and hurt another guy.

My tour manager Nils and I stayed at the hospital for 6 hours til the visiting period ended, and all I know about the man's condition at this point is that he has no breaks and the injury seems to be muscular/ bruising. I'll be going back in the morning to try to apologize, but I wouldn't blame the guy if he spits in my face. The jump was not awesome, it was not badass, and it was not ballsy. It turned what should have been a great day for the people who got hurt into a nightmare. It was stupid and wildly irresponsible, plain and simple.

I have no excuse for my actions, and the only way I can explain my mindset is that it was a huge overreach in the heat of the moment. No, I was not drunk or on drugs. I used to be a kid who was afraid to do anything physically dangerous– I was scared of the ball in little league, didn't want to jump into lakes and would never have had the nerve to crowdsurf. But in the last year of touring, I've done increasingly risky things, maybe pushing myself by some dumb sense I am conquering my early timidity. I pride myself on trying to put on a good show and always giving 100% energy, but jumping off some high shit doesn't make someone a good musician or performer.

I have no excuse for my actions, and the only way I can explain my mindset is that it was a huge overreach in the heat of the moment. No, I was not drunk or on drugs. I used to be a kid who was afraid to do anything physically dangerous– I was scared of the ball in little league, didn't want to jump into lakes and would never have had the nerve to crowdsurf. But in the last year of touring, I've done increasingly risky things, maybe pushing myself by some dumb sense I am conquering my early timidity. I pride myself on trying to put on a good show and always giving 100% energy, but jumping off some high shit doesn't make someone a good musician or performer. I feel fucking terrible. I made a boneheaded decision that got people hurt, and it's extremely lucky it wasn't worse. Putting your own body on the line is one thing, but putting other people in harm's way is inexcusable. Today I let down my supporters, I let down the Warped Tour and I let down my band and the people who work their asses off behind the scenes to make these shows happen. My #1 priority right now is to somehow make this right for the folks who were hurt. I will not be canceling the remaining 6 tour dates.

I will do the shows, as usual I will meet everyone afterwards, and I will NOT be jumping off anything. I am deeply sorry and I promise to learn from this mistake."

This longer video shows him jumping and the crowd cheering afterwards. One fan can clearly be heard calling him a “crazy ass mother***er”. We have to agree. 

Here's Watsky's video for 'Kill A Hipster'

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