Sydney’s Enmore Theater floor collapses during Genesis Owusu concert

Owusu’s manager Andrew Klippel told the Herald and The Age the show was stopped immediately.

“It was hard to believe, and we moved swiftly to stop the show for obvious reasons,” he said.

“There was amazing energy in the crowd, and we will be rescheduling the show hopefully sometime next week once engineers have fixed the floor,” he said.

Vivenne Goodes, a reporter with student newspaper Honi Soitsaid the moshpit caved in.

“It was crazy, the people in the pit looked like they were kneeling,” she said.

The floor caved in just after Geneis Owusu started his third song.

The floor caved in just after Geneis Owusu started his third song.

“Genesis stopped to see if everyone was OK and next thing we know we were being asked to back away into the hallway.”

The artist became the first hip-hop artist ever to take out the ARIA Awards’ album of the year prize for his acclaimed debut full-length Smiling with No Teeth

Owusu, whose real name is Kofi Owusu-Ansah, managed the win with an independent release, the first artist to accomplish the feat since Flume did with skin in 2016.

Labor’s night time economy and music spokesman John Graham, who was at the gig, said he saw people “literally dancing a metre or two below the rest of the crowd” as the floor sank.

Music writer Bernard Zuel said the floor looked like a “cross between a water bed and a trampoline”.

The historic venue only reopened in February last year after a full refurbishment.

At the time, Sam Nardo, chief operating officer of Century Venues, which manages the theatre, said the reopening marked a “celebration” after a difficult year of COVID closures.

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