A First Information Report has been registered and an inquiry is in progress, said DC Islamabad, Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat, following the horrific incident at the Solis Music and Arts Festival in Islamabad.
The DC stated that the company managing the festival has been blacklisted.
According to details, the stage at the festival collapsed on Saturday night, taking place at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). The event had to shut down halfway through
The festival was the fourth edition of the EDM. The concert was scheduled to end at 12am but instead ended at 9:30pm.
Several people were injured when the stage collapsed. The festival was also accused of overbooking and fake tickets were at sale. A huge crowd gathered but was not allowed entry.
Some people said that the organiser sold more tickets than required and others reported an angry mob attacking the festival. The PNCA’s website states that the theatre can house 1,000 people only while the auditorium has seats for 450.
In an Instagram post, the official page of the Solis Festival issued a statement that read:
“While we will hold on Solis indefinitely in Islamabad, we will NOT let this define us. We will LEARN and PERSEVERE and keep giving Pakistan an experience they haven’t had before, much like we have done in the past. We will NOT let the actions of a few decide for the rest of us.
We will be back.”
“We warned against fake tickets on numerous occasions. However, we underestimated the sheer volume of thousands of “fake tickets” that were being sold illegally. These people were denied entry, but broke our barricades and forced themselves in, climbing on VIP platforms which couldn’t take the weight and destroyed our stage putting everyone’s safety at risk,” it added.