Man Was Attacked and Bitten During Arctic Monkeys Set at Lollapalooza 2014
By Shannon Carlin
One man got much more than he bargained for during Arctic Monkeys‘ set at this year’s Lollapalooza.
The man took to Reddit yesterday (August 4) to detail his horrifying experience, which included being attacked and then bitten by another festival-goer. Biting unfortunately seems to be a theme at recent concerts. (See: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Saturday night show at the Rose Bowl where a man’s finger was bitten off.)
The victim says he was watching the Arctic Monkeys at about 9:35 pm perfectly sober (“All subsequent police and medical professional even remarked how odd it was dealing with someone so sober,” he wrote) when a man, which he describes as being “between 5’7″ and 5’11,” dark skin (maybe Hispanic, but not black), 170-210 pounds” body slammed his friend and started choking him.
“I come from the other side and place my right arm on his right arm and my left arm on his right shoulder trying to pull him off,” he wrote. “The attacker then turns his head and clamps his teeth into my arm for a good 5 seconds. He’s not nipping at me. He’s trying to bite through my arm.”
Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza Imgur Site
The assailant, according to the victim, then got up after taking 10 to 15 blows to the head and walked away. The Chicago Police Department told the victim that they’ve only see assailants act like that when they are on PCP or bath salts.
The victim says the medical personnel on site did a “wonderful job,” they “were calming, quick, and professional. Within 10 minutes I was in an ambulance to the hospital where I was given a tetanus shot, antibiotics.” But unfortunately, the victim says he is at risk of hepatitis and HIV and has been put on the same cocktail of drugs those infected by HIV take. He must take those until he receives a clean bill of health, which will be at least 30 days until the test comes back.
The victim is also asking those in attendance who may have seen anything to help the police catch the culprit.
The Chicago Tribune also reported that a man was shot to death and another was wounded at an unofficial Lollapalooza after party at the club, Bodi, which featured a performance from Nas. The rapper had reportedly left the scene before the 4 am shooting took place.
According to Consequence of Sound, Nas took time to address Chicago’s staggeringly high murder rate during his set. Before performing his Life Is Good track “Accident Murderers” Nas told the crowd, “I’ve been in this music for so long. I’ve seen so many come. I’ve seen so many go.”