'Not At My Fucking Show': Singer Calls Out Man Who Groped Female Fan At Concert

Sam Carter of The Architects / Image via screen grab
Sam Carter of The Architects / Image via screen grab

The singer of the UK band The Architects called out a fan in the crowd during a show last week after he saw him grab a woman’s breast while she crowd surfed.

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During a set at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands, lead singer Sam Carter paused between songs to deliver some very colorful words to the man:

I’ve been going over in my fucking mind about whether I should say something or not about what I saw in that last song and do you know what, I’m gonna fucking say it. I saw a girl, a woman, crowdsurfing over here, and I’m not going to fucking point the piece of shit out who did it, but I saw you fucking grab at her boob. I saw it, it is fucking disgusting, and there is no fucking place for that shit. It is not your fucking body, it is not your fucking body and you do not fucking grab at someone. Not at my fucking show. So if you feel like doing that again walk out there and fuck off and don’t come back. Let’s keep this going, let’s keep this a fucking safe place for everybody and let’s have a fucking good time!

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WELL, THANK YOU SIR!

A few months ago Brendan Ekstrom of the band Circa Survive walked off stage during his set because he saw someone in the crowd trying to kiss a girl who clearly didn’t want his advances. A few years ago punk band Joyce Manor also told grown men to stop stage-diving at their shows when they noticed their young female fans kept getting hurt.

Sexual harassment and assault at festivals and music shows remains a serious problem, with even huge festivals shutting down because they can’t handle the number of reported assaults. Last year Glastonbury festival and Electric Forest both created female-only spaces for people who come to the events.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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Ken Yadiggit

I got groped by this skeezy looking skinhead at a GWAR show a few years back and he just literally would not leave me alone. I’d move to another point in the crowd and he’d follow me and just stand directly behind me and run his hands up and down my sides and across my chest. When the crowds get tight like that, it’s hard to even move, so I turned and yelled over the music “GO AWAY” and he just smiled and shook his head slowly.

So I found the biggest, meanest, most fucked up looking fucker there (you know the type, seven feet tall, shaped like a muscle cloud, probably has a face tattoo....the one guy in the crowd that just stands there with his arms crossed, staring at the stage and gently bobbing his head) and stood directly next to him thinking he’d make a better shield. I kept looking over my shoulder at the creeper following me and I guess mountain man next to me noticed the creeper advancing and this saintly monster moved directly into Creepers path and put his arms out on either side of me like a roll cage. He stared that creeper down and waited til he slunk off into the crowd before just going back to chilling and listening to the music.

Thank you scary mountain man, I am grateful. And for real, if you notice ANYONE, not just women getting harassed in a crowd, it’s okay to do something. ESPECIALLY if you know you are at least visually intimidating. Usually there is so much chaos happening, especially near a pit, that whoever is starting shit will just lose interest. And whoever you helped will remember you forever. Speaking of, also want to send a shoutout to the nice dude at the AOF show who saved me from being trampled to death after I was knocked over in a pit. Literally nothing makes me happier than seeing people pull each other out of harms way IMMEDIATELY at shows. I thought I was going to die, and seeing your smiling face and your joyful scream of “WOOOOOOO!” once I was up is enough to get me through the end of my days.