June 2016 Update: Country Concert Proves Violent, Again
Original Article Below: May 31st, 2015
For years now, the 92.5 XTU concert has been well documented as perhaps the worst day Camden City will see all year. Despite Camden’s notorious label as “The Most Dangerous City in America”, this single concert routinely results in numerous fights, and this year, stabbings too, all of which occupy a significantly greater concentration of the police force than any other violent event in Camden.
6ABC reported a double stabbing in the parking lot, which then sparked the interwebs to associate the violent report as just another crazy thing that happened in Camden, because it’s Camden. Perhaps that is because 6ABC titled their article, “Fight leads to double stabbing in Camden parking lot” rather than, “Fight leads to double stabbing at XTU concert”.
The comments from 6ABC’s Facebook post show the quick move to judge the event based upon the location, rather than the numerous individuals who engage in violent acts at this concert. The comments also show how some residents will digitally fight back against this stigma.
Also, after watching these graphic videos on Youtube, it seems pretty safe to assume that some of the people who attend these concerts are out of control, not the city the concert is in.
CAUTION: These videos can be very difficult to watch. Parental guidance is strongly suggested.
It isn’t just about the violence and mayhem in the parking lots. Those who attend this concert regularly affect the daily lives of residents in the Cooper Grant neighborhood. In some cases, they were caught urinating in the road or on the Rutgers University dorms in 2012.
And in other instances, they have broken public and university property in their drunken stupor.
More images of XTU neighborhood damage are available here.
So to close, what needs to change?
For one thing, tailgating needs to be forbidden to begin before noon. IDs need to be more regularly checked for underage drinking. XTU and LiveNation need to be held more responsible for the conduct of their fans. The fans need to check themselves, and remember that even though most of the Camden Waterfront is a bunch of open parking lots, there are still people who are trying to live in the neighborhood. Camden City government officials should revisit the pros and cons of allowing this concert to happen again next year.
How quick would these suburban concert-goers call the cops and camp out in Town Hall if a concert was out of control and their Cherry Hill mailbox got destroyed, or if someone urinated on their vehicle in Haddon Heights? Hm.
Late day Disclaimer: All photos used in this post, before and after edits, have been taken from the Internet. If it’s “google-able”, anyone can find it.