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Crowds storm barricades at new Portola music festival in San Francisco, ‘people were getting trampled’


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Moments of chaos at an inaugural music festival in San Francisco on Saturday were still front and center on Sunday.

“It was crazy. It was like cattle. It was like people were being trampled,” said Remy Stanbury, visiting from Alberta, Canada, for the first-ever Portola festival.

Video captured by onlookers on Saturday shows out-of-control crowds pressing into the Pier 80 venue, rushing through barricades at one of the stages.

“The queue to get in was pretty terrible. I had never seen anything like it before,” said Danny Cogan, who was caught in the middle of the madness. “We were there, it looked like the guards were trying to keep people out, but the crowd kind of overpowered them and they just moved to the side like that – and let everyone through. “

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The chaos was a chilling reminder of last year’s Astroworld festival in Houston, where crowds rushed to the stage and 10 people were killed.

“It’s like the Astroworld days and it was pretty bad,” Cogan said. “Things like this remind people of Astroworld. Luckily no one died.”

No injuries were reported, and the promoters told ABC7 News it was a “small and isolated issue” that was quickly addressed and corrected.

“We kind of assume it has to do with the fact that maybe they haven’t organized this before, or the venue is newer, we kind of expect those logistical issues to be ironed out if they do it again next year,” viewer Conor Dougherty said.

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People continued to stream into the festival on Sunday, some more nervous than others.

Tara Campbell: “Does it make you change the way you navigate the festival?

Alberta residents Terry James and Remy Stanbury: “Yeah, absolutely.

“I think it’s just pay attention, keep your eyes open, pay attention and have a good time,” Oliver Baseley added.

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