Akon Concert in Australia Marred by Violence


Vibe | October 28, 2009 - 12:29 pm

A concert featuring Akon and T-Pain in Melbourne, Australia was spoiled by violence Monday (October 26), when several fights broke out resulting in 18 people being injured.

According to reports, 50 people tried to storm into the concert, but were stopped prompting a violent reaction.

Security guards and concertgoers clashed in and outside the venue, resulting in several injuries. Of the 18 people reportedly injured, eight had to be transported to a nearby hospital.

“They were all men aged between 22 and 54,” said Ambulance Victoria spokesperson, Paul Bentley. “They all suffered cuts and bruising, some of them had to be given some pain relief.”

During the melee, Akon jumped into the crowd in an attempt to calm things down. Fans lifted the singer onto their shoulders, where he made an announcement.

“Check this out, right! Give me two seconds,” he said to the crowd. “I don’t know if ya’ll know how hard it took me to get here. It took me almost two years for Australia to let me back in the country and I am not going to let them f*** up our concert tonight!”

One man was arrested and questioned by police in connection with the violence.

Akon is currently on tour throughout the country.

Video footage from the show featured below