Sound And Fury Festival shut down after riot

July 25, 2010 by Scott Heisel

Sound And Fury Festival shut down after riot

According to reports and Twitter posts, this weekend's Sound And Fury Festival in Santa Barbara, California, was shut down by police after a riot broke out. The third and final day of the hardcore festival, which hosted the likes of Sick Of It All, Terror, Strife and This Is Hell the first two days without any problems, was ended early before Sunday's headliners played due to an incident that included someone riding a motorcycle into the pit, along with fighting between fans and police who allegedly used tasers and pepper spray on the crowd.

Witnesses say the incident began during Backtrack's set, which left Bane, Earth Crisis and others unable to play.

The following account of the events was posted on the Bridge Nine message board via user JamesK, who received it from a currently anonymous audience member: 

"Backtrack starts playing their intro, and a kid ride his bike into the venue and then into the pit. He sits in the pit for a bit and the security eyes him but doesn't really do anything. At this point, there are no cops at Earl Warren, only private security. I'm not sure if they tried to get him off the bike or just started chasing him, but he rode the bike through the merch area and then through the backstage area to the outside. Tons of fest goers ran after because there were three or four guards chasing the biker. Kids started fighting security and someone threw that trash can, which was filled with trash at the security guards. The guards tased someone who was fighting them, maybe a friend of the motorcyclist? Maybe just retarded Californians? People got maced, everyone ran inside, then went outside to the front of the venue. I think the security guards called the cops who just showed up to shut down the fest.
 
Im not sure what happened to the motorcyclist. I would think the private security guards detained him for the cops to deal with him, but I'm not sure. Whether or not they dealt with him, they definitely turned on the crowd.
 
If look at the picture, the kid on the bike is wearing a silver wrist band. This year the silver wrist band is for people who are in the bands crew or in the band, so as far as him getting in with the motorcycle, you can assume he's friends with Backtrack or one of the bands playing.
 
Sorry I don't know more- I was trying not to get maced and what not. Maybe that sheds some light.."

We're working on getting comments from organizers and bands involved, and we'll keep you posted as details emerge. Photos and video below.


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