By Bridget Shaw
The performance of event security guards is in question following the downturn in Saturday’s Night of Lights at Mammoth Mountain when international headlining act, The Naked and Famous, walked off stage twice after being pelted multiple times with projectiles.
After the first attack, lead singer and guitarist Thom Powers urged the crowd not to take the band’s presence for granted and, to the shock of fans, issued a warning that if it happened again they would not return to the stage.
After a reported two further missiles were thrown, which police say were a combination of snowballs and bottles, the show was officially over after the band walked off for the second time with one band member injured, less than 30 minutes into the program.
MMSA CEO, Rusty Gregory, was visibly disappointed in the crowd’s behavior, taking to the microphone himself to reprimand those select few who ended the night early for everyone, and to confirm the end of the band’s appearance.
Eyewitnesses in the front row of the crowd believe that security (provided in part by outsourced group, CSC Contemporary Services Corporation) failed to protect the band. Those close to the action claim that, previous to the attacks there were no security guards protecting the area in front of the stage or monitoring from above, choosing instead to mill around the far right side near sound and lighting.
Mammoth Lakes Police Department reported that there were no arrests made on account of this incident and noted that it would have been a difficult task for security to identify the perpetrators in the crowd.
Some Mammoth locals were saddened that the event ended up making Mammoth look bad even after a spectacular showing of Night of Lights fireworks.
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