Dev Hynes Assaulted By Security At Lollapalooza

According to his Twitter, Dev Hynes and girlfriend Samantha Urbani were assaulted by security guards following their set at Lollapalooza. The Blood Orange singer and Urbani had worn homemade shirts on stage with the names of victims of police brutality written on them and talked about the issue during their set. The festival has not made an official statement about the incident, though Urbani says she was told that the guards were private hires and not Lollapalooza staff. Read tweets from both of them that describe the event in detail below.

UPDATE: Lollapalooza released this statement Saturday morning:

“Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site. Since then, we have been in contact with those involved and the authorities, as we work together to resolve the situation. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone at the festival.”

[Photo by Josh Brasted/FilmMagic.]

Comments (19)
  1. Props for speaking out, Dev. He should sue the racist pigs and Lolla, maybe bankrupt this corporate fest so they can sell the name to someone who books more than a couple good acts.

    • I wish I could upvote this twice for every idiot that downvoted.

      • thanks. often the better my comment, the more downvotes it gets.

        • Cops and rent-a-cops being racist shitheads and Lolla line-up sucking are just objective facts

          • yeah what kind of corporate fest is like oh those racist security guards who beat you up are not our staff, they work for that stage?! if you have a problem w/ being attacked by racists, please take it up w/ our corporate parent holding company in the Cayman Islands.

          • Where in the post does it say anything about it being racially motivated?

          • Let me get this straight. I question your potential race-baiting and I get down voted for it. Wow…. Gotta love comment sections.

  2. this is really not cool

  3. Cerebus  |   Posted on Aug 2nd +23

    GET OFF TWITTER IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO SAY! For fuck’s sake, the entirety of the internet is as real time as Twitter is these days. Write and release an intelligent statement. Enough of this 140 character per post drama game. It reads immature, like passing notes in class.

    Police brutality is a real problem that continues to raise its ugly head. Not sure I understand exactly what the men in question were (private security, off duty cops?), but it doesn’t really matter, because the abuse of power is the same. Also, no explanation as to how or why this incident started leaves the story somewhat lacking in clarity. Regardless, if they were assaulted in any way for no reason by security I’m 100% behind their pressing charges and pursuing legal action to the fullest extent of the law. I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear about this one.

  4. Is there any proof that this actually happened?

  5. I know this might be a moot point but regardless of your opinions around the circumstances around their deaths, neither Trayvon Martin or Jordan Davis’ deaths had anything to do with police brutality.

  6. Am I dating myself by saying who is Dev Hynes?

    • Well, your reading comprehension is in question as it is explained in the second sentence.

    • So you’re asking whether being unaware of the fact that, here on the internet, one can learn who someone is via way fewer keystrokes than it takes to pose the question in a comment thread, is indicative of one’s age?

      Or are you perhaps wondering whether, here on a site that provides regular updates on Blood Orange’s work and progress, readers will find you clever if you snarkily convey the impression that any artist who gets singled out for abuse by a minor authority figure is probably too insignificant to merit such discussion?

      You do see that these are two different questions, yes? I’d be inclined to answer either of them in the negative — but the fact that people have upvoted you tells me otherwise. Terrible.

  7. Call it a blessing in disguise if the assault made them miss EMINEM.

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