Come for the gig, stay for the law­suit

Just when youu thought it was safe to go into the au­di­ence . . . along comes a pop star in a rub­ber dingy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Jim Car­roll

Brit­tany Hick­man will re­mem­ber her trip to a Steve Aoki show three years ago in San Diego’s Hard Rock Ho­tel for all the wrong rea­sons. Dur­ing the show, the DJ jumped 20ft from the venue rafters on to an in­flat­able life- raft in the au­di­ence and pro­ceeded to crowd­surf. Un­for­tu­nately for Hick­man, she was un­der­neath the raft and was al­legedly knocked un­con­scious by the fall­ing DJ. She ended up with a bro­ken neck and is now su­ing Aoki and the venue for dam­ages, with the case go­ing to trial in Au­gust. Other cases taken by fans have of­ten been for less phys­i­cal rea­sons. Back in 2003, a group of Limp Bizkit fans sued the band af­ter Fred Durst and co quit the stage 20 min­utes into a show in Stick­ney, Illi­nois. Sim­i­larly, a cou­ple of fans of grunge band Creed sought a re­fund af­ter what they claimed was a drunken or drug- im­paired per­for­mance by singer Scott Stapp in 2002. The judge re­jected their case, but did say the fans had a pos­si­ble case for “frus­tra­tion of com­mer­cial ex­pec­ta­tions”. There are sure to be many Ir­ish fans who’ve been frus­trated ( to put it mildly) over the past few years af­ter shows by Cat Stevens/ Yusaf Is­lam ( Dublin O , 2 2009); Guns N’ Roses ( Dublin O , 2010); and Neil Young 2 ( Dublin RDS, 2013) who might wish they could seek sim­i­lar re­course to the law. Now, that would make for an in­ter­est­ing few days in the court­room be­fore a judge.

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