Two fans were taken to hospital after rapper George Watsky’s “stupid and irresponsible” stunt during a gig to 7,000 in London
George Watsky was performing at Alexandra Palace yesterday afternoon as part of the Vans Warped Tour when he decided to clamber up the rig and launch himself on to the 7,000-strong crowd.
The stunt left him and two of his fans in hospital, and he has since apologized for his “stupid and irresponsible” actions.
Watsky, 27, scaled the lighting rig during his last song before asking spectators: “Have you got my back?”.
He then jumped off the rigging and fell the equivalent of three storeys into the crowd.
However, his terrified fans scattered and Watsky landed on a man and a woman who collapsed to the concrete floor.
The female festival-goer suffered a broken arm and the male victim was left with back injuries. Watsky himself was covered in bruising.
All three had to be stretchered out and taken to hospital and organisers were forced to temporarily stop the Alexandra Palace event.
Taking the plunge: George Watsky on the lighting rig before jump
Watsky apologised on Facebook for his “shameful” actions and has visited the female fan in hospital to personally say sorry.
Stunned Alex McCabe, 24, of Plymouth, Devon, captured the terrifying leap on video.
He said: “Watsky was obviously so pumped the crowd was loving him. At the start of the song he asked us if we had his back no matter what he did. Everyone shouted ‘yes’.
“At the end he climbed the rigging, and as no one stopped him we thought it was scripted. He stood at the top and jumped.
“The crowd parted and he hit the concrete taking a couple of people with him.”
Reveller Robert Moody added: “When the band started playing the last song, he climbed up a rope ladder at the side of the stage.
“It was surreal – everyone was just waving their hands, thinking he was just going to perform the last chorus from the lights. But without warning he just jumped off.
“The band was still playing, but the collective gasp from the audience was louder than they were.
“It was just one of those surreal moments – he jumped from so high, it seemed like it was about three storeys.
“After they finished the song, the whole show stopped as paramedics rushed in and stretchered him out. It’s a miracle nobody was killed.”
Landing: George Watksy heads towards the fans after diving off lighting rig
In the humble apology on his Facebook page, Watsky revealed he suffered “some nicks, bruises and the shame of endangering the crowd”.
He wrote: “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 crowd surf.
“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 per cent energy, but jumping off some high s*** doesn’t make someone a good musician or performer.”
He added: “I feel f****** 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.
“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.”
Watsky is scheduled to perform tomorrow at the Nouveau Casino in Paris.
Last month he posted a series of pictures on his Facebook showing him jump off a first floor balcony into a crowd while wearing a green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume.