The handlers of the Eventim Apollo, the venue for Nigerian rapper Olamide’s London concert reportedly pulled the stop on the electrifying show after the alarm bells kept clanking.
The concert, which had Olamide’s YBNL crew – Adekunle Gold, Sean Tizzle, Lil Kesh, among others – was another instant hit, causing an overcrowding. The crowd situation led to its being abruptly closed, just at the time Olamide was expected back on stage for his sign-off performance.
The rapper also expressed regret on his inability to make his latter performance.
“I guess we might need a bigger venue next. I heard some fans couldn’t get in. I’m so sorry guys”, Olamide said on Snapchat
Speaking, the concert promoter, Junior Adeosun, CEO of Smade events, said: “With huge anticipation around the sold out concert, the headline acts Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold and Olamide entertained the 5000 strong fans at the Eventim Apollo”, said
“With the doors opening early, DJ’s EniMoney, Unbeatable, Neptizzle and Sean alongside the Acenote band and other acts ensured the fans were in party mood before and during Olamide’s first performance.
“The only downside was the failure of Olamide to give his close off performance due to stoppages brought about by crowd trouble in and outside of the venue. With the venue at capacity the security had no choice but to close the doors refusing an angry couple hundred fans entry into the concert.
“After the headline acts had given incredible performances, the show had climaxed with Olamide returning to the stage only to be closed down by the arena due to continuous attempts by fans to gain entry into the venue, the safety alarm in the venue going off consistently and most importantly the time taken to resolve the developing problems.
“To Olamide’s and the fans disappointment, fans were denied the highly expected performance of his monster hit who you EPP and a few others tracks.
“I made all attempts were made to ensure Olamide gave his final performance including offering to cover any security costs to the venue but we eventually had to understand the health and safety concerns of the arena owners as the crowd outside continuously rushed the door.”