Portola Festival Responds to Crowd Control Incident in San Francisco: “A Minimal, Isolated Issue”

Portola Festival took place this weekend at Pier 80 in San Francisco, and on Saturday (September 24), the Goldenvoice-affiliated festival experienced crowd control issues as a large group of people rushed toward one of the festival stages, Billboard reports.

Around 5 p.m., guests were making their way to the festival’s Warehouse stage for a performance by the English electronic producer Fred Again.., when attendees began climbing over barricades surrounding the stage. Video of the incident posted to social media show guests breaking free from the bottlenecked crowd and forcing themselves through the VIP area to make their way to the performance.

“There was a minimal, isolated issue with a festival stage entrance yesterday,” a representative for Goldenvoice shared with Pitchfork. “This occurred within the confines of the grounds and was quickly addressed and corrected. There were no reported injuries and the festival continued for another six hours without incident.”

This year, the inaugural Portola Festival featured Flume and the Chemical Brothers as headliners, with support from Kaytranada, Jamie xx, Charli XCX, James Blake, Peggy Gou, Toro y Moi, and more.

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