A Day to Remember pay tribute to fan who fell from Guildhall balcony during Portsmouth gig

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ROCK band A Day to Remember have paid tribute to a music fan who fell more than 20ft off a balcony at their Portsmouth gig.

The man, believed to be in his late teens, suffered serious head injuries after falling from a balcony at Portsmouth Guildhall at around 10pm last night.

A Day to Remember's tweet

A Day to Remember's tweet

A Day to Remember were almost an hour into a set when onlookers in the crowd saw a man from the upper level ‘fly through the air’ and hit the floor. He was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.

The American band, who were on the first night of their UK tour and cancelled the show midway through, took to Twitter to voice their concern for the injured man.

They Tweeted: ‘Our thoughts are w/ the person who was injured at the show tonight in Portsmouth. Sorry we had to cut the set short due to the circumstances.’

Other fans of the band responded on Twitter to show their support.

Austin Ashby tweeted: ‘I have so much respect for you guys, thank you for a brilliant show while it lasted and for handling the situation so well.’

Aidan Williams ‏also tweeted and said: ‘Thoughts go out to the person who fell from the balcony at A Day To Remember.’

Everyone was then evacuated from the venue following the incident so police could investigate, and one group of gig-goers was kept back so they could give statements to police.

Police cars and an ambulance vehicle were parked around Guildhall Square after the incident and the Guildhall was closed for the rest of the evening.

Portsmouth Cultural Trust, which runs Portsmouth Guildhall, released a statement this morning following the incident.