Venue bans punter following Illy bottling incident

Traralgon’s Kay Street Entertainment Complex has apologised to punters after Illy abruptly ended his gig on Saturday night.

The Melbourne rapper left the stage five songs into his set after being hit by a projectile that narrowly missed his eye. “There has to be a zero tolerance for that shit,” Illy posted on Facebook last night. “We’re on stage to smash, but not at the expense of personal safety. If that hit me square in the eye and broke, who knows? It wasn’t far off.”

The venue has now shed more light on the incident, saying Illy was hit with a plastic cup that was thrown from a distance. “We’re sure you can imagine the impact that would have to somebody’s face,” they posted on Facebook. “You probably wouldn’t appreciate it either.”

They also confirmed that the patron behind the incident has been identified and will be barred from the venue, with further action still possible. “We are deeply sorry that as a venue, we couldn’t fulfill the promise we had made to you,” they wrote. “We hope you’ll understand that the circumstances were entirely out of our control and we are working to provide you with compensation, as soon as we can.”

Posting to Facebook last night, Illy said he was trying to reschedule the date as a gesture of good faith to the rest of the Traralgon crowd. “This doesn’t reflect badly on the rest of you,” he wrote. “So, we are already trying to reschedule a Traralgon show with the venue, that your tickets from last night will be valid for at no extra cost.”

The Traralgon date was the final stop on a five-date regional Victorian tour that also included shows in Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Barwon Heads. Illy will head out on the “One For The Cities” tour with rising Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza in November. Dates here.

(Photo via Kay Street/Facebook)