Enmore Theatre Floor Collapses During Genesis Owusu Show

3 March 2022 | 10:24 pm | Stephen Green

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The floor of Sydney's Enmore Theatre collapsed during the second song in Genesis Owusu's set during tonight's performance. 

Multiple audience members have taken to social media to report the event which has stopped the show. The 2,500 capacity venue has only recently come back into regular service after a long hiatus during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Sources in the crowd have suggested that no audience members were injured, but the venue has been evacuated. Reports are of a 'crater' in the dancefloor with carpet saving those in the mosh pit from a 'four-meter void'.

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The Music reviewer Mick Radojkovic was at the show and noted:

Midway through the third song in the set, Owusu halted the band and for those on the balcony, it was uncertain why, but as he announced on mic, the floor had collapsed and security needed to clear the area. The fact that the show was stopped and safety was paramount says a lot about the artists and the venue.

As the crowd parted, it became apparent that the floor was moving. People described it like being on a waterbed as the carpet floated above, what was described by Owusu himself, as a "four-metre" drop below.

A quick assessment by venue staff and security was enough before Owusu returned to the stage to announce that the show would be postponed and that "you guys are fucking crazy!"

The mood was incredulous that this could happen as people departed the venue, but also despondent as the show was really building to be something special.

Radojkovic also took the following images during the incident:

In yet another blow for the music industry, the loss of the Enmore during inevitable repairs is likely to impact on shows in the coming weeks from Young Franco, Allday, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Whitlams and many more. 

The incident strikes a sour note for Genesis Owusu who started the day being awarded the Australian Music Prize for the best album of 2021, although the emotion flowing through the Enmore tonight is one of luck for an incident that while unfortunate, could have been so much worse.


UPDATE: Enmore Theatre has issued a statement, confirming that tonight's Young Franco show will proceed as planned:

Audience safety is a top priority at the Enmore Theatre. Last night we made the decision to stop the Genesis Owusu show...

Posted by Enmore Theatre on Thursday, March 3, 2022