Portola Festival Addresses Crowd Control Problem, Calling It “A Minimal, Isolated Issue”

Portola Festival Addresses Crowd Control Problem, Calling It “A Minimal, Isolated Issue”

The Goldenvoice-backed Portola Festival, which took place for the first time in San Francisco this weekend, had a crowd control problem that occurred during sets that took place at its Warehouse stage, which included performances by Jamie xx, Fred Again, Charli XCX, and more.

Videos on social media show attendees jumping over barricades in order to avoid being crushed while trying to navigate the entrance to the stage, which is an enclosed space on Pier 80 that had separate lanes for general admission and VIP attendees. Local publications like SFist and SFGAT also noted the festival’s problems with crowd control.

“There was a minimal, isolated issue with a festival stage entrance yesterday,” a representative for Goldenvoice’s parent company AEG said in a statement to Billboard. “This occurred within the confines of the grounds and was quickly addressed and corrected. There were no reported injuries and the festival continued for another six hours without incident.”

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