Yen Fetish Halloween was closed down by police last night after
several violent altercations on the door.
According to eyewitnesses, the event was shut down shortly after 1.30am as violent incidents began to escalate.
The party in Universal Creative Park, near 798, is one of the
biggest Halloween celebrations in the city. A live performance by band Nova
Heart and sets from Blackie, Mickey Zhang, Bite-size Buddha and several other
big-name local DJs were the headline acts.
Revellers that arrived later on in the night were faced with
hordes of bao ‘an and police officers
at the door as they tried to enter the venue. Large groups of people were being
refused entry, ostensibly because of fears that the venue was over capacity.
‘As I arrived there it was an absolute clusterf**k at the door, it
was horrendous,’ an eyewitness, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Time Out. ‘There were about 60 people in a big bunch
around the door, everyone shoving each other as police were not allowing any
more in. Most people had bought tickets, that’s why they were pissed off.’
‘I finally got through and was waiting at the door for a friend
that had been dragged back into the crowd, the baying mob, and one of the
police shoved me. I wasn’t interfering with them at all and then they pushed me,
shouting, ‘Go inside, go inside!’ It was so unnecessary – they were obviously
'[The police] seemed to lack training because they couldn’t deal
with it – they were getting angry and pissed off. They didn’t have any order on
the door, they weren’t getting people to queue up. They just kind of plugged it
and seemed to hope it would be okay. It made people angry.
‘It wasn’t even that full. There were a lot of people in there but
it’s a really big space – they could have easily fit another 1,000 people in
without any danger.
‘And then they just shut it down! A girl told me she and others had
got in by breaking through the line of the defence and the police had got a bit
violent. I think that’s probably why they shut it down, because they felt like
they’d lost control of the situation.’
The party, organised by entertainment company O2 Culture, was
celebrating its tenth anniversary last night.
With this latest s**t sandwich, and news that Halloween costumes are banned on the subway this year as they may cause 'panic', it looks like Beijing isn't going to be much fun until APEC is over and done with.
'I guess the police were nervous of having so many people at one place at the start of APEC,' says Philipp Grefer, aka DJ Metro Tokyo. 'It was quite sad because the vibe of the party was really good!'
Yen have issued a statement and are offering refunds. See more here.