Fan ‘dived’ from Portsmouth Guildhall balcony during A Day to Remember gig

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THE company which runs the venue where a rock music fan was seriously injured say he appears to have dived off a balcony.

Fans of American rock band A Day to Remember were enjoying the first night of the group’s UK tour with the gig at Portsmouth Guildhall when tragedy struck.

File photo dated 22/08/14 of Jeremy McKinnon and Kevin Skaff of A Day To Remember, after a man suffered serious head injuries after falling from a balcony during a gig by the American punk band. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 13, 2014. The group had been onstage for about 30 minutes when the incident happened at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, Hampshire, at about 10pm last night. See PA story POLICE Gig. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire POLICE_Gig_085989.JPG

File photo dated 22/08/14 of Jeremy McKinnon and Kevin Skaff of A Day To Remember, after a man suffered serious head injuries after falling from a balcony during a gig by the American punk band. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 13, 2014. The group had been onstage for about 30 minutes when the incident happened at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, Hampshire, at about 10pm last night. See PA story POLICE Gig. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire POLICE_Gig_085989.JPG

A 21-year-old man, from Southsea, fell 20ft from the circle into the stalls and was seriously injured.

Police confirmed he is being treated at Southampton General Hospital and is in a critical condition.

In a statement Portsmouth Cultural Trust, which runs the Guildhall on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Last night at a concert by the band A Day to Remember a young man appeared to dive off of the circle of the Portsmouth Guildhall, landing in the stalls narrowly avoiding the crowd below.

‘The staff of the Guildhall, along with security and first aid, immediately attended the incident and emergency services were called.

‘The band along with the Guildhall management stopped the concert allowing police and emergency services to attend.

‘As with any incident of a serious nature an investigation will take place with all concerned. We are advised that the gentleman is in a serious condition in hospital and our thoughts and best wishes are with him and his family.

‘Please note all concerts scheduled this week will go ahead as planned.

‘The Guildhall is managed by Portsmouth Cultural Trust, who are cooperating with police.

‘We are thankful to A Day to Remember for stopping the concert, as well as the public for their cooperation.

‘We have nothing further to add at this time.’

The show stopped almost an hour into the set, at 10.15pm. Afterwards, shocked fans told how they helped carry the man out from where he landed, close to the sound mixing desk, to be treated by staff from private first aid company Direct First Aid.

He was then taken to hospital by paramedics.

In a statement Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘The venue was evacuated to allow officers to take statements and establish what happened. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and no witness appeal is required at this time.

‘A 21 year-old man from Southsea was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment where he remains in a critical condition this morning.’

A Day to Remember, 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.