Monday, June 18, 2007
Underworld have released a press statement about the incident.
Heineken Ejekt Festival 2007
16th June 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
UNDERWORLD MEMBER INJURED AS GANG STORMS STADIUM.
Underworlds’ Rick Smith, Karl Hyde, Darren Price and crew were caught up in trouble reportedly caused by “anarchists” at the Eject Festival in Athens on Saturday night (16/06/07). Underworld were scheduled to close the festival that also included Madness and The Beastie Boys. It is reported that a group of around 30 masked individuals, armed with CS-gas, iron bars and baseball bats stormed the stadium at around 11.20pm as The Beastie Boys were performing. As cars were burned and property damaged, the stadium was evacuated. Underworlds’ Rick Smith was one of the injured. He was hospitalised for a time in Athens, but has now returned to the UK for further treatment. Several other people including security guards were seriously hurt.
NME reported about the incident here.