-Mammoth Lakes, CA.
The Naked and Famous abruptly ended their concert by walking offstage, for the second time last night, ending the Night of Lights festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Unruly crowds threw numerous items onstage, including a beer bottle which hit and injured a member of the band.
The concert was a capstone to the day of festivities including music, parties, and a pyrotechnic show to kick off the holiday season.
At Roughly 8:00 p.m., at the outdoor venue near Canyon Lodge, the band first stopped the show, calling out members of the crowd who had thrown bottles on stage. Vocalist, Thom Powers, asked an unidentified man to ‘stop being a hick’ and reminded the crowd that that bottles “really f–ing hurt.”
The restless crowd had been pushing from behind, crushing audience members in the front into the safety netting separating the stage. A mosh atmosphere near the front, heavy drinking, and an increasingly surging crowd preceded the events. Concertgoers had been throwing numerous items, including crowd surfers, at the stage.
The Naked and Famous resumed play, only to walk off a few minutes later when someone threw another bottle at the band.
After an absence of several minutes, Naked and Famous returned, asking that the audience respect “The woman on Stage,” referring to band mate Alisa Xayalith. Powers expressed that the New Zealand band was tired and had slept only four hours the previous night to be able to play in Mammoth.
The crowd chanted various obscenities in the general direction of the unidentified culprit(s). Addressing the crowd, Powers admonished the crowd to be respectful and enjoy the music.
Naked resumed with their recent hit, “Young Blood”, to a cheering crowd. However, within minutes of the band stopped play after being hit with another bottle. The hostile crowd booed the offenders.
Chastising the mass, Powers and the band did not return to stage. Event organizers explained that one of the band members had been injured by the bottle and was bleeding.
The unruly crowd, relatively cold weather and flying debris created a difficult environment for Naked to play. Many in the audience loudly voiced discontent at the behavior of some, considering the sacrifice the band had made to play this venue. Attendees witnessed Powers warming his fingers in his jacket pockets in order to resume playing the guitar throughout the night.
As concert goers left, multiple fights erupted. There were several arrests by the responding law enforcement.