Microbell Media Group, MMG, the organisers of the North American musical tour of the Empire Mates Entertainment, EME, stars, Wizkid and Skales, has given details of what occurred at Lagondola Hall in Toronto, Canada, where the young Nigerian singing sensations had their first Canadian concert on 20 July.
MMG, in a press statement, said the organisers and the security team had to lock out many fans to avoid stampede as many came into the venue very late.
“Most people came for the concert between 11.30 and 12a.m. Their lateness and impatience to enter did not help the security men’s attempt to get a large crowd into the venue.
“The chief security guard told MMG that when the fans were rushing into the venue, the law enforcement agents had to be called in to help control the crowd. Once the police had control of the situation, it was completely in their hands, as MMG did not have the power to enforce the law,” a statement from MMG reads.
Showbiz Trends gathered that Wizkid and Skales performed to over 500 people, while the security agents told MMG that 500 people were outside the venue of the concert.
The organisers had printed only 800 tickets, as the venue can only hold between 800 and 1,000 people in a concert setting.
It was also learnt that in a week leading to the EME Toronto concert, there had been incessant shootings in the state, especially on the week of the event.
On the evening of the concert, it was disclosed that there were three separate shooting in Toronto, two of which were only five minutes and 15 minutes walk away from the venue of the concert.
“Unfortunately, with a large African-Canadian crowd, police were keen on policing such event. Due to the increased scrutiny and racial profiling, MMG paid a huge amount of money to the Metropolitan Toronto Police to have seven off duty police officers assist with security.
The officers were in police uniform and worked alongside a small private security team, also hired by MMG,” one of the executives of the organisers had been quoted by Africanmusiclaw.com, a US-based entertainment portal.
Last week, the social media, especially twitter, had been abuzz with tales that over 1,500 persons, with valid tickets, were locked out at the Wizkid and Skales’ first concert in Canada.
Despite the Toronto’s shortcomings, the duo’s other Canadian cities tour was a massive hit as many concert goers and fans turned up to see the EME stars.