Soundwave flare victim: “I am not disfigured”

A woman claiming to be the victim of yesterday’s Soundwave flare incident has spoken for the first time about the extent of her injuries, clearing up some misinformation circulated by media yesterday.

Writing on her Tumblr, the woman – who hails from Newcastle and posts under the alias “girlwithapug” – claims she received several stitches to her shoulder, not her forearm as previously reported (photos below). The incident occurred during Bring Me The Horizon’s set between 7.30pm and 8pm at Sydney’s Olympic Park yesterday, with Soundwave boss AJ Maddah tweeting that she’d been “seriously burned and disfigured” by the lit flare.

“Its basically just Chinese whispers really,” she posted on her Tumblr. “The rumours have just escalated horribly out of proportion! I’m trying to let everyone know what actually happened, but it’s hard trying to fight like 90% of Australian media.” She concluded by saying she “had a good day” and voiced her disappointment at missing Paramore and Blink-182.

Another flare was reportedly lit in the crowd during Metallica’s headline set on the mainstage. FL reviewer Rhett Davis witnessed the incident: “It was shot by a guy atop someone’s shoulder near the front of the pit,” he told us today. “Security immediately started hitting it with a hose. No one was pulled out after the flare with an injury from what I could see.”

About 70,000 people attended Soundwave in Sydney yesterday. Photos here, full report soon.

Full statement

So yesterday at sydney soundwave, during bring me the horizon someone decided to let off a flare in the middle of the mosh, that was all well and good, as i was one person away from the barrier. Until someone decided to throw one towards the stage, this just happening to hit me on the shoulder, realising id been burnt, i was then pushed to the ground by the crowd, ALMOST LANDING ON THE DAMN FLARE. luckily a guy who i didn’t even get to see helped me up. i then had to scream at the security at the front to help me out, at which point they couldn’t because the crowd was freaking out and i was pinned to the barrier. after finally getting pulled out i was then directed out to go back to the normal crowd, and yelled at by multiple security for heading towards the first aid tent side of the stage, until a whole lot of swearing and trying to get someone to actually stop for 5 seconds and realise, i was finally sent to the tent.

kudos to the man who looked after me, i dont think there was a whole 60 seconds that he wasn’t putting saline on my shoulder and tried to clean it, we then had to walk all the way over to the base camp for first aid, where i basically stood under a shower for 10 minutes to clean it a little, my shoulder was then dressed and i was told to go to hospital. due to my living in newcastle they told us to drive home and go to john hunter. so after the 20 minute walk back to the car. the 2 hour or so drive home, i got to belmont hospital, where it was poked and prodded to see if they could actually even stitch it up, which luckily they could, so a few stitches later and a 1am trip to work for some dinner, i find myself snuggled in bed with the comfort of my pug.