Louis Tomlinson stops his concert 'so a fan can be carried out'

Louis Tomlinson stops his Washington concert ‘so a fan can be carried out’ as gig goers complained of shoving and chaos – just three months after Astroworld concert tragedy

  • Louis Tomlinson reportedly halted his show in Washington D.C. on Thursday night so a fan who passed out could be carried from the premises
  • Video posted online showed the former One Direction star urging fans to ‘back it up a bit’ as he stopped performing
  • A few minutes later the concert was reportedly stopped again so security could distribute water to the thousands of fans in attendance at The Anthem
  • Some on Twitter claimed were ‘pushing’ and ‘shoving’ their way to the front of the DC concert venue, saying it ‘wasn’t prepared’
  • The DC stop of Tomlinson’s world tour comes three months after 10 people died of asphyxiation at the Astroworld music festival in Houston 

British superstar Louis Tomlinson halted his show in Washington D.C. on Thursday night so a fan who passed out could be carried from the premises.

Video from the concert showed the former One Direction star urging fans to ‘back it up a bit.’

‘Everyone c’mon it’s a team effort, it’s a team effort,’ he told fans at the sold-out venue. ‘Don’t let me look at you and see you’re not moving back.’

He then reminded the over 2,000 fans that water is available to keep them hydrated.

A few minutes later, the concert was again put on pause so security could distribute water, with Tomlinson explaining: ‘We will stop the show for five minutes. Everyone who needs water, drink it, stay hydrated.’

The clip was first shared by Scott Wise, a reporter for CBS 6 Richmond News.

Louis Tomlinson, a British singer-songwriter reportedly halted his concert Thursday night so a fan who passed out could be carried from the premises. He is seen here performing in Spain

The news was first reported by Scott Wise, a reporter for CBS 6 Richmond News, who said security personnel later passed out water, leading to another pause in the performance

Soon, Twitter was flooded with posts praising Tomlinson, 30, for stopping the show to help the fan, with one woman posting a selfie apparently from the venue’s bathroom, writing: ‘I just collapsed in front of Louis Tomlinson, and I want to die, but also cool?

‘It’s OK though, I’m ready to shake my a** to Little Black Dress in spirit from the back floor with a cup of water.’

Another woman also thanked Tomlinson ‘for stopping the show for my kid. She had a massive anxiety attack because of the people around her not giving her space when she asked for it.’

Some fans at the DC stop of Tomlinson’s world tour complained there was ‘pushing’ and ‘shoving’. 

One Twitter user claimed seven people passed out at the concert and security was trying to push a wheelchair through the crowd, writing in all caps: ‘Can y’all move and work with security please?’ 

Another fan said ‘everyone kept pushing forward,’ resulting in ‘people passing out,’ and a third person simply wrote: ‘This is such a f****** s***show and The Anthem is not prepared for this at all.’ 

Fans took to Twitter to thank Tomlinson for stopping the concert for the fan


Earlier reports had claimed there were people ‘pushing’ and ‘shoving’ their way to the front, leading to several people passing out

Tomlinson’s concert comes just three months after 10 concertgoers died of ‘compressed asphyxia’ during a crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld performance on November 5. 

The dead, whose ages ranged from 9 to 27, include Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Pena, 23; Jacob Jurinek, 20; Franco Patino, 21; Brianna Rodriguez, 16; Danish Baig, 27; Axel Acosta, 21; John Hilgert, 14; Madison Dubiski, 23, Baharti Shahani, 22, and nine-year-old Ezra Blount.

Authorities said they died because the pressure from the crowd surge at the event was so great that it quickly squeezed all the air from the lungs of the victims, causing them to pass out within a minute or so and die because critical organs, such as the heart and brain, were depleted of oxygen.

Hundreds others were injured in the crowd surge, with 300 people treated at the site and 25 were hospitalized in connection with the incident. 

In the aftermath, several lawsuits were filed against the rapper, guest performer Drake, promoter Live Nation and individuals affiliated with Houston’s NRG Park and Scoremore Holdings. In total, they are suing the rapper for billions of dollars.

And in December, the House Oversight and Reform Committee announced it had launched an investigation into Live Nation, the promoter of the music festival, sending a letter to Michael Rapino, the company’s president and CEO asking for information about its role in the concert.  

Rapper Travis Scott has come under fire after he continued to perform at the Astroworld music festival as a crowd surge led to hundreds of injuries – and ultimately 10 deaths

First responders had to make their way through the crowd to aid those who fell unconscious

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