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Sunday, 26 August, 2001, 23:19 GMT 00:19 UK
Fans hurt at Eminem concert
Eminem
Eminem called on the crowd to "cool it"
Forty-five music fans received medical treatment after being crushed during a performance by Eminem at the Gig on the Green in Glasgow.

The controversial rap artist had to delay his solo set as police and stewards appealed for the crowd to calm down so that the injured could be removed from the crush.

Seven people were taken to hospital for observation but were released after treatment.

Eminem reappeared on stage to urge for calm and for "everyone to cool it, or the show would be over".

Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson: Protest over performance

Appeals for people to stop moving forward had been made prior to the Detroit rapper's appearance on stage.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said 45 fans were treated for minor injuries.

Five were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and two to the city's Victoria Infirmary for observation.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said an overhead helicopter at the concert helped staff to monitor the situation for 30 minutes while the concert was halted.

He said: "A number of people were removed from the crowd and after it was deemed safe Eminem came back on stage.

"No-one seriously injured thankfully, they are all walking wounded. The majority of people were treated at nearby first aid tents while others were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure."

A total of 17 arrests were made at the site and most of them for drug related offences, police said.


Eminem was trying to calm things down but some of the earlier bands, I think, were getting people wound up

Fan Lesley Ryan
Police praised Eminem and his band for helping to ease the situation and complying with requests from organisers to ask fans to stop moving forward.

He said: "Eminem and his band did all they could to help the situation and we are grateful for his support."

The rapper returned to the stage after the situation calmed down.

Lesley Ryan, 34, from Glasgow, had taken her 13-year-old niece to the gig and lost sight of her as people rushed to the front.

She told BBC News Online: "I couldn't see Jennifer. Somebody said she had been pushed up towards the front and she told me afterwards that she had been pulled over a barrier by stewards.

"She was okay but it was a really frightening experience and it seemed people just got over-excited and rushed to the front.

"Eminem was trying to calm things down but some of the earlier bands, I think, were getting people wound up."

Travis' Fran Healy
Travis headlined on Sunday night
Stuart Ward, 26, from Paisley, said he and his two friends had also moved away from the front when they started to panic because too many people were moving near the stage.

He said: "We all wanted to see Eminem because it is not everyday that a star like him comes here, but it got just a bit too much."

About 30,000 people attended the first day of the festival in the centre of the city.

Earlier in the day, Eminem and Marilyn Manson's appearances prompted protests over their stage shows and lyrics.

The protesters said they were opposed to the "anti-Christian" message in both shows and were alarmed that children as young as 12 would be able to watch.

Event organisers had expressed delight at the turnout and atmosphere prior to the incident on Saturday evening.

More than 30,000 fans also gathered for the final day of the event, which passed off without any repeat of Saturday's problems.

Strathclyde Police said 25 people had been arrested, mostly for drug offences.

There was a party atmosphere throughout the sun-drenched day, which features acts like Green Day, Iggy Pop, The Strokes and Idlewild.

Homecoming heroes Travis were the Sunday headliners, receiving a rapturous response from their home crowd.



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