During their set at Soundwave Festival, Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall intervened with the festival’s security as they pinned a fan to the ground by the throat. She pleaded with the guards and eventually managed to remove them from the fan – she and the fan then high-fived and hugged. Watch the video below. After the band’s set, McDougall voiced her opinion on what had happened on Twitter, saying, “Security are hired to protect.. Not to tackle, choke hold, push or physical assault our fans. Im extremely disappointed”. She also later added, “having said that. I realize this abuse of power does not apply to all security & was grateful for the respect & care taken in Melb and Adel”.
Although security are usually more respectful of fans at festivals and concerts, this isn’t the first time band members have had to intervene with guards. At the Warped Tour last year, The Story So Far frontman Parker Cannon jumped off stage to physically intervene with an aggressive guard. Security is there for a reason, to make sure the fans and band members are safe and to help them if they need it. Abuse of power and isolating people seems to be a recurring problem in the world at the moment, and something seriously needs to be done to put an end to it.