Fans Breach Barriers at Sold-Out Wizkid Gig Sparking Astroworld Comparisons

Concert fans storming through barriers to gain entry to a sold-out Wizkid gig in the U.K. has sparked parallels with the Astroworld tragedy.

Footage from the O2 arena in London appears to show swarms of people overwhelming security guards and marshals, to enter the venue where the Nigerian singer was performing.

The singer, who featured on Drake's smash hit "One Dance," is playing a trio of gigs in the capital, with one last date added "due to demand" on December 1, with tickets costing up to $387.50. The venue's website indicates November 28 and 29, the former when the breach occurred, were both sold out performances.

On Monday the singer took to the stage as part of his Made in Lagos tour, with the set featuring a cameo by Skepta and Chris Brown.

Footage circulating on social media taken by fans shows hoards of people rushing inside the arena, bypassing security checks and metal detectors which appear to be going off as people slipped past.

In one video, shared by @GM____X and seen 138,000 times, at least two metal detectors seem to be toppled by fans trying to gain entry.

They said: "I'm so confused. Why are they going on like Wizkid has never performed in London before."

Another video, uploaded by @98Toks, has been watched 1.6 million times and shows another angle of crowds rushing past security.

"People are breaking into the O2," they captioned the footage. While they shared a follow-up video, saying: "They broke the security scanner."

In another clip, shared by @RepresentLondon, they said: "People are literally breaking in to see Wizkid at the London o2."

The chaotic scenes have been compared to the tragedy which unfolded at the Astroworld concert in October. The death toll now stands at 10, with hundreds more injured, after a surge of fans caused a deadly crush.

The victims from the third-annual Houston gig, founded by Travis Scott, are aged between nine and 27.

The youngest victim, Ezra Blount, from Dallas, died on November 14, more than a week after the show on November 5. The second show was canceled in the wake of the "mass casualty event."

A police investigation is currently underway into the tragedy, as questions continue to be asked about crowd management and safety.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Scott, surprise performer Drake, and Live Nation, Apple Music, and others.

Referring to the London breach, Twitter user @xanaan__ commented: "People breaking into the Wizkid concert like the Astroworld incident didn't just happen."

While @Natalie_Ruvimbo wrote: "People without tickets rushing in to the O2 like Astroworld wasn't a couple weeks ago..? Y'all too weird for me."

In a statement sent to Newsweek, the O2 Arena confirmed it was "reviewing security procedures" for the remaining shows.

They said: "This evening, a breach of the security cordon on the arena entrance occurred and as a result, a number of fans in the queue were able to enter the venue. The situation was quickly contained by staff and the incident resolved.

"The venue is reviewing security procedures for the remaining shows this week and advises fans to arrive early for security checks tomorrow night and again on Wednesday."

Event information shared on the O2's website indicates strict COVID-19 entry requirements and searches were meant to be in force.

Fans were asked to provide proof of their vaccination status, immunity or a negative test result, as well as a clear bag policy, limited to one per person.

Following the first show Wizkid shared a clip and snaps to his Instagram, saying: "Day 1!!! Incredible!! Thank you London! Tonight! Another special one!"

While he captioned another post: "Last night was emotional! Thank you London! We go again tonight! I got more for you."

Newsweek reached out to Wizkid for comment.

Wikzid at the O2 on 11/28/21.
Singer Wizkid performing at the O2 Arena in London on November 28, 2021. Footage shows fans breaching security. Joseph Okpako/Getty Images