i purchased Phoenix tix for my sister, Sonya, as a 30th birthday gift. we both attended the gig in Philly together on Monday. it was the first Phoenix gig for both of us.
we started the gig with plenty of personal space around us in the 4th row center with a decent view. the band were AMAZING for the first 4 songs or so i was able to enjoy it. this guy behind me was right up against my back. he kept bumping into me. i could see his arms & hands in front of me whilst he danced. that's how close this mongrel was. he later accidentally elbowed me to the head. it hurt like H*LL! i took the torture for a bit, but after getting hit so many times, i finally had enough and asked him to please give me some personal space. the mongrel then said he was just dancing & had every right to be there. i told him if he wants to dance, there are plenty of clubs he could go to. he then asked if he could stand in front of me. LOL! i said absolutely not b/c i wouldn't be able to see. i told him not to f*cking touch me again.
in the meantime, some crazy kid started crowd surfing. he came directly over Sonya's head from behind. he knocked her glasses off her face. she managed to catch them using both hands to do so.
a few songs later, i don't remember which song, Thomas came off stage & into the crowd to our right. it was a complete blur. the next thing i know the crowd shifted quite quickly. a giant wave began. we suddenly got pushed violently from behind. Sonya told me to start making my way to the back of the venue. we ended up going upstairs after for the rest of the set. we couldn't see sh*t for all the punters. i tried to watch the poor video screens. by this point, however, i had lost complete interest in the gig. i was just angry. no one from security was anywhere near us whilst we were on the floor. i wanted to speak to someone at the venue before we left regarding the lack of security. Sonya asked me to wait. she wanted to leave before the intoxicated/high punters did. we left before the encore. i came home with a throbbing head, a stiff neck, and pain in my upper shoulders & back.
i'm going to call the venue today to speak to someone regarding our near death experience. i've probably been to hundreds of gigs over the years. this was a first for me. i've never been nearly killed at a concert. i want to see Phoenix again, but will definitely wait until they're at a better venue. a seated one. i won't be making a return trip the Electric Factory. ever.