In Southampton, United Kingdom on Friday, October 9, Northlane and at least one concertgoer experienced issues with security at a venue called Talking Heads while the band was on a short tour run with Volumes and the Acacia Strain. Due to an allegedly overly aggressive security member (who many claim to be notoriously so), the band was forced to stop their set when they saw the guard “throw a kid that was crowdsuring [sic] up against the wall by the throat and rough him up.”
On their Facebook, after the show in question, Northlane's guitarist Josh Smith stated that “action is being taken as far as we can against the guard in question.” Whatever action the band took apparently worked as Northlane have updated fans today with the news that “the abusive security guard from Southampton has been fired from his position.” You can read Smith's full statement below along with an account from the attendee who claims to have been singled out by the security guard.
“Southampton, apologies about stopping our set.
I left the stage and interjected when I saw the head of security for the venue throw a kid that was crowdsuring up against the wall by the throat and rough him up. During this incident he threatened to end the show for all of you guys.
Further claims of other incidents of abuse came up at the end of the show from fans that were leaving, even one with a bleeding nose claiming he'd been punched in the face by a security guard.
The security also intimidated, threatened and insulted us, members of other bands on the tour, some of our crew and our friends after the show. They attempted to start a physical altercation with Gus from volumes.
We have also been told the guard that was involved in the initial abuse even has a Facebook page that's been made for people to speak up against him, a repeat offender of violence against people he's being paid protect in an environment where he can get away with it.
We won't stand for this shit and I won't let it pass. Action is being taken as far as we can against the guard in question.”
In response to the band's statement, James Tuckey, the fan who was roughed up, explained:
“I'm sorry for having you guys stop the set. I literally crowd surfed and came down to the bald member of security dragging me by the throat and the scruff of my tshirt and shoving me against the wall. I have visible marks around my neck. I'm sorry for my angry reaction but I'd freaked out. Also first hand witnessed same member of security attempt to start an altercation with multiple members of the tour package, even shoving Gus Farias and telling him “get back on your pretty little tour bus”… How is this guy employed?! Once again, sorry for any trouble I caused…was having an unbelievable night up until then.”
Northlane then commented in response to Tuckey: “Don't apologize, we are with you.”
Just an update for you, the abusive security guard from Southampton has been fired from his position as a result of actions against him.
— Northlane (@Northlane) October 12, 2015