The Fratellis walk off Keele University stage after crowd violence during gig


The Fratellis walked off stage during a Keele University gig after violence broke out in the crowd.

Trouble erupted in the 900-strong audience during the band’s performance of chart hit “Chelsea Dagger”.

The trouble happened during last night’s (December 5) concert at the university’s campus near Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Lead singer Jon Fratelli stopped mid-song while security guards tried to intervene, and led a number of people away.

But the band walked off stage because of the problems, and waited for around five minutes before returning to continue their performance.

One fan Alex, 19, who witnessed the violence, said: “I saw someone turn around and hit another person in the face, and try to smack someone else.

“Then it all kicked off and security guards waded into the crowd.

“It was a shame, it killed the atmosphere in the middle of their big hit.”

The tour marks the 10-year anniversary since the release of The Fratellis first album, Costello Music.

The band’s official Twitter account posted this message:

A tweet sent from The Fratellis' official twitter account

A tweet sent from The Fratellis’ official twitter account

A Keele University spokesperson told StaffsLive: “It was just a little bit of a scrap, nothing serious.

“There was nothing to suggest that the police were called.”

There were approximately 900 people at the event which finished at around 10.30pm.

(video courtesy of audience member)


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