Moment as two Lollapalooza revelers are pushed through the glass window of a Chicago hotel during a brawl with the man who sold them fake tickets to the music festival
- The fight broke out on Sunday across the entrance to Lollapalooza
- Video shows two men crashing through the Congress Hotel windshield
- A victim quickly drags himself away from the hotel with his leg bloodied from broken glass
- The man accused of pushing the victims fled and was later arrested
- Police said the two victims confronted the suspect and accused him of selling fake wristbands to Lollapalooza
- The two victims and the suspected perpetrator were taken to Northwestern Hospital with cuts to their legs and back of their heads
Wild video captured the moment two men were pushed through the glass window of a hotel during an apparent brawl over counterfeit tickets to Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival.
Footage from a local reporter shows the two men crashing through the window of the Congress Hotel across the entrance to Lollapalooza in Grant Park around 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
One victim, a 29-year-old man, quickly drags himself away from the hotel with his leg bloodied from broken glass.
A 26-year-old man allegedly pushing the victims is seen in a white t-shirt running away. He was taken into custody late Sunday.
The suspect was charged with selling fake Lollapalooza wristbands to the two victims, who then confronted him when the fight broke out.
The incident took place as this year’s music festival – which attracted some 100,000 visitors from Thursday to Sunday – has already faced fierce criticism over its decision to continue despite concerns about the coronavirus.
Wild video captured the moment two men were pushed through the glass window of a hotel during an apparent brawl over counterfeit tickets to Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival
One of the four victims, a 29-year-old man, quickly dragged himself away from the hotel with his leg bloodied from broken glass. Both the male victims and the perpetrator were taken to Northwestern Hospital with cuts to their legs and backs of their heads
The 26-year-old perpetrator can be seen in a white t-shirt that runs away. He was taken into custody late Sunday after selling fake Lollapalooza tickets to a 38-year-old man, a 29-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman.
At 5:45 p.m., police arrived at the hotel for a deceitful call in which a man was accused of selling fake Lollapalooza tickets to a 38-year-old man, a 29-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman.
When the two men realized their tickets were fake, they confronted the seller on the sidewalk and got into a fight that caused them to crash through the hotel window.
Emergency services had to put tourniquets on the victims to stop the bleeding.
Both the men and the perpetrator were taken to Northwestern Hospital with cuts to their legs and back of the head. They are all in stable condition.
Chicago reporter Steven Graves tweeted updates about the brawl, which took place at 520 S. Michigan Ave Sunday afternoon at 5:45 PM. Two people were seen bleeding, police had closed the street for hours and local detectives are now investigating
This isn’t the first time Lollapalooza has gotten gory. The 2019 festival saw one death, 31 arrests and 116 emergency transports.
With crime and the COVID-19 Delta variant on the rise, many were shocked that Mayor Lori Lightfoot even gave green light for 400,000 festival-goers to enter the park.
Festival-goers had to show a vaccination certificate or a negative Covid test from 72 hours before, and on the opening day – Thursday.
Lollapalooza officials said more than 90 percent of those in attendance presented proof of a vaccination, but about 600 people were turned away for lack of paperwork.
Twitter users called the festival a “human petri dish” and “super spreader” of the virus.
The four-day festival attracted a total of 400,000 fans. Festival-goers had to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test 72 hours before and on opening day, but Twitter users still called the event a ‘human petri dish’
Despite Lightfoot thanking the crowd “for the masking and the vaxing,” the Foo Fighters headliners performed in front of a largely maskless crowd of 100,000
Lollapalooza’s 2020 event was canceled due to COVID-19 and this past weekend marked the first major cross-genre festival to return to the US since the start of the pandemic. The festival has been a fixture in Windy City since its debut as a touring event in 1991.
Performances feature alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop and electronic music. This year’s headliners were Miley Cyrus, Tyler The Creator, Post Malone and the Foo Fighters.
Next year’s Lollapalooza is already scheduled for July 28-31, and it will be the festival’s 16th year at Grant Park in Chicago.
Post Malone headlined Day 3 of the festival on Saturday. Nearly 200 artists performed on seven stages over the weekend