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Heat overcomes Robert Plant gig-goers during Wolverhampton Civic Hall show

By Marion Brennan | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Disgruntled fans have complained of overcrowding at the Robert Plant gig – with some members of the audience collapsing in the heat and crush and others not being able to get into Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Fan Scott Campbell said he was forced to stand in a side corridor, unable to get into the main hall, eventually giving up and going home.

The 31-year-old advertising executive, who had travelled from Birmingham with two friends for the concert, was left feeling angry and disappointed.

They had each paid £55 for their tickets plus booking fee and credit card fees.

"In the first 20 minutes I saw six or seven people being carried out of the hall after collapsing. I go to a lot of concerts but I've never seen anything like this," said Mr Scott.

"There was a large team of St John Ambulance people who were all kept busy.

"We tried the balcony but the only place to stand was behind a big pillar which blocked our view. We left after half an hour because we couldn't see anything."

He went on: "There were a lot of people in their 60s in the audience – the conditions can't have been good for them. I asked to see a manager because if there was a fire and you were in the middle of the hall, there'd be no way of getting out.

"She said the fire doors would be opened but it looked to me as if they were already open. The hall holds 3,000 but it looked to me as if they'd sold too many tickets.

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"I've seen Robert Plant before but I was looking forward to seeing him on his home turf. I've not been to the Civic for a gig before and I don't think I'd go again after that experience."

Venue staff received a number of complaints following the concert on Monday night.

A Wolverhampton council spokesman said: “The Robert Plant gig at the Civic Hall was a sell-out and the venue was at capacity for this music legend.

“Just under 3,000 people attended and the Express & Star gave the event a glowing review.

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“Unfortunately, as sometimes happens at busy, crowded indoor gigs, there was a small number of people who fainted due to the heat.

“St John Ambulance were on hand to provide first aid to anyone who required attention.

“While the Civic Hall meets the required health and safety standards, it is an 80-year-old building and improvements to the ventilation and heating system are part of the planned refurbishment scheme.”

Marion Brennan

By Marion Brennan
@Marion_EStar

News and features reporter, specialising in human interest and local history stories.

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