A Little Mix concert ended in a ‘stampede’ with young fans climbing over or under fences as they tried to leave the venue.
Panicked fans at the band’s show were pushed against a metal fence as security at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) tried to direct crowds leaving on July 28 towards the exits.
However when people became impatient and started started climbing under and over fences to get out it caused panic among other concert-goers.
The concert of popular girl group Little Mix ended in a ‘stampede’ with fans climbing over or under fences
At a Little Mix concert in Aberdeen fans scrambled under and over fences in an attempt to get out of the venue after they began feeling impatient, causing panic among other concert-goers
The 18,000-strong crowd weren’t allowed to use toilets or enter the lobby as staff tried to manage a streamline exit.
One image from the concert even shows the fence being lifted into the air after panic set in.
Video footage from the concert shows women arguing with security guards while children scream in the background, and other fans could be heard banging on the AECC door.
Jennifer Brown travelled from Bannockburn with her daughter to see Little Mix.
Mrs Brown said: ‘It was like a stampede. Thousands just turned round and started making their way to the exit when the show ended.
‘People were climbing over the railings at the stairs to get out and others going over the fence.
‘I saw security staff attacked, a man assault a woman, and even a woman doing the toilet in front of everyone.’
Images and video footage from the concert shows women arguing with security guards while children scream in the background as well as a fence being lifted to help people escape the ‘stampede’
Her daughter suffered a panic attack and had to be taken to a first-aid tent.
Another mother Allison Tobin, from Oldmeldrum, said what happened was ‘terrible organisation mixed with people, kids and alcohol’.
Once outside the AECC long and slow queues saw families spend until midnight trying to exit by car or bus despite a curfew of 10.30pm.
An AECC spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that an incident occurred where a group of people tried to leave the outdoor arena by moving the security fence line, this undoubtedly cause some alarm and distress for other concert goers, the incident was dealt with swiftly by a security and venue response team.
The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre has since apologised to those affected by what happened
‘As per the event plan, there were 172 security personnel on site last night, in addition, there were a number of paramedics, GP’s, first aid staff and Police Scotland working at the event. There were no injuries and no calls for police or further interventions as a result of this isolated incident.
‘It seems at face value that this was an isolated momentary incident mainly generated out of impatience to escape the inclement weather.
‘We apologise to those affected.’