“There’s a real big drop… so this is actually really dangerous,” Owusu told the audience. “We’re going to have to reschedule the show, because this is like a four-metre drop … I love you all, you guys have been amazing. This is really shit.”
Music writer Bernard Zuel described the sight as a “cross between a water bed and a trampoline”. Labor’s night-time economy and music spokesman John Graham, who was at the gig, said he saw people “literally dancing a metre or two below the rest of the crowd” as the floor sank.
Audience member Georgia Vella said on TikTok that she had been out at her “first big gig since COVID”. “We were so excited, and two songs in the floor collapsed at Enmore Theatre and we all got evacuated.”
The crowd was instructed to leave following Owusu’s second song and the Enmore Theatre said it had made that decision because “audience safety is a top priority”. “We would like to thank Genesis Owusu and his touring party for working with us to ensure the safety of our patrons as a priority,” its statement said.
Owusu’s manager Andrew Klippel told the Herald and The Age they “moved swiftly” to end the show.
“There was amazing energy in the crowd, and we will be rescheduling the show hopefully some time next week once engineers have fixed the floor.”
His stage manager Ben Cavenagh said he felt the situation was handled “quickly, safely and effectively” by the venue and touring personnel, so that there were no injuries and all patrons made it home safely. “I am proud of how the situation was handled by the artist and his team,” Mr Cavenagh said.
The Enmore Theatre reopened in February last year following a 12-month closure during which it completed several restoration works. They included reinstating its side wing balconies according to its original 1936 plans, fully renovating its intricate art deco ceiling, and reinstalling a 24-metre bomber light that runs the length of the ceiling and offers a playful new canvas for touring performers.
It is Sydney’s oldest and longest-running live theatre, according to its website.
With Esther Han, Latika Bourke and Benjamin Potter
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