The Haunted Coliseum held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was shut down last night after multiple 911 calls were made reporting heavily intoxicated, underage partiers.
With acts like Otto Knows, Alesso, and Sebastian Ingrosso lined up, the show was shut down shortly after it’s start. Local authorities had to call in to police forces from neighboring areas to control the massive crowd.
“According to detectives, during a Rave concert at the Nassau Coliseum several 911 calls were received for intoxicated youths. While Detectives and Officers were at scene investigating as many as 100 intoxicated youths between the ages of 14 and 18…”-Nassau County Police
Despite some controversial reports, there have still been no fatalities reported, but over 100 people have been taken to various hospitals in the Nassau area.
There was also one arrest made last night,
“…Michael Croissant, 44, of 348 Mongaup Road, Monticello, attempted to land a Bell Model 407 helicopter on a grassy area on the west side of the Coliseum. The landing had to be aborted due to pedestrians walking in the area. Croissant then returned and landed on the grassy area where at least 20 pedestrians were walking in the area. He was placed under arrest and his helicopter was seized.”
-Nassau County Police
The promoters of the event have still not come forward to make any announcements or statements as of yet. From the ThisSongSlaps team, we send our best wishes to all that attended the event.
UPDATE (11:30 EST) FROM LOUIS BRANCHINELLI, PROMOTER OF THE EVENT (Interview courtesy of Dubstep.net
Louis Branchinelli replied to some of the events that happened last night, clarifying some things about his role as promoter and the controlling of last night’s events.
Heres what he had to say:
Mr. Branchinelli says that there was not an “unruly mob” of people. The people were merely excited to participate in the event. He said:
“They wanted to go in when the music went on, just like every other crowd does. People just wanted to have a good time.”
-Louis Branchinelli, Lou B Industries
Any visibly intoxicated individuals were not let into the venue, Branchinelli said. He did however, admit that enforcing that rule is very problematic. Regardless, Branchinelli noted that he was just the promoter of the event, responsible for marketing the event and selling tickets. According to Branchinelli, the venue, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, had their own security company that was entirely responsible for crowd management.
“If you drink alcohol, you know it takes a while to get into your system? You know that, right? If we take a shot of alcohol right now it’ll be a while before you can tell. So if they were drunk inside it was because they drank something right before.”-Louis Branchinelli, Lou B Industries
Branchinelli noted that he has been throwing events of this type for many years, and that he works tirelessly to ensure that people are safe, first and foremost. He argues that many of the emergency medical transports that occured were precautionary rather than truly necessary. “If they were even a little bit drunk, they took them to the hospital,” Branchinelli said.