A music fan has captured the strange moment he shared with the paramedics who rushed to help him after he broke his leg at a festival.
Jake Daenell, 27, suffered a broken femur on Saturday when he was injured in an agitated crowd at the Knotfest heavy metal festival in Sydney’s Centennial Park.
Wagga Wagga’s Mr. Daenell shared a video on TikTok showing the moment he was attended to by paramedics as he continued to rock out to the music.
In the short clip, Mr. Daenell can be seen lying on the ground while being treated by paramedics after being crushed by a crowd on a “wall of death”.
A paramedic seemed amused by Mr. Daenell’s upbeat attitude.
The Wall of Death is a sort of mosh pit where the audience is split down the middle before the two sides run towards each other, crashing when they meet.
At the start of the clip, Mr. Daenell can be seen wincing but still head banging and singing along to a shrill tune.
Paramedics can be seen holding his leg and working to hook up an IV set to aid in the treatment of his injury.
One of the paramedics seems amused by Mr. Daenell’s upbeat attitude, smiling and subtly nodding to the music.
Mr Daenell told Daily Mail Australia that he suffered a spiral fracture to the femur bone in his left leg and was taken to St Vincent’s hospital.
Mr Daenell in hospital before undergoing surgery for his fractured femur
“They inserted a metal rod to screw the bone back into place,” he said.
He underwent surgery on the injury on Saturday night and will need physiotherapy to be able to walk properly again.
Daenell said that he had never been involved in a wall of death and that Knotfest had been the first music event he had attended in a long time.
He said that his favorite band, Bad Omens, was playing at the time and that he “wanted to make the most of it.”
He said it had been “terrifying” to be thrown to the ground and “buried by a pile of bodies”.
The footage shows the crowd moments before Daenell was thrown to the ground and crushed by customers.
Mr. Daenell remained in good spirits despite fracturing his femur after being crushed by a crowd.
Daenell said he was thankful for festival goer Blake Hemphill, who carried him through the crowd after noticing his injured leg.
He also thanked the paramedics who were able to help him: Tim Timmer, Emma Stevens and Manil Hada.
In another video, Mr. Daenell shared a glimpse of the scene before revelers smashed him into the wall of death.
Under a threatening sky, the crowd forms a large circle with a few dancing in a clearing in the center as the music grows.
Screams can then be heard as festival-goers burst into the empty space, and Mr. Daenell’s chamber is obscured by bodies before he is thrown to the ground.
Mr Daenell filmed the moments before he was smashed into a ‘wall of death’
Mr. Daenell shows up at the hospital with his half brother.
Mr. Daenell’s TikTok followers shared their condolences and admiration for his ability to continue the celebrations despite his injury.
Some praised the music lover for ‘Still rocking in pain’.
“Point of view when you literally feel pain but you’re not missing it,” one commented.
“Dude, this is so metallic,” said another.
Knotfest 2023 was headlined by heavy metal stalwarts Slipknot.
The lineup also featured genre legends Parkway Drive and Megadeath, along with Trivium and Swedish heavy metal staple Amon Marth.
The festival was first announced in mid-2012, backing up the promise of a “dark carnival experience” complete with circus tents, amusement park rides, and drum circles made of junk cars.
Since then, the festival has toured every year to countries around the world, including Japan, Mexico, Germany, France, Brazil, and Argentina.