“4 years of diving into the audience finally went wrong last night. The result: mild concussion, ripped ear, sprained wrist, lump on head. OUCH,” tweeted Gareth Campesinos! just after midnight yesterday. A photo of the bandaged-up frontman soon followed, captioned simply: “When stage-diving goes wrong. UNLOL.”
As stage-diving careers go, 4 years without incident makes for an honorable bullet point, I’d say, but let’s not forget that it took Iggy Pop 4 decades to reach the point at which “when [he] landed, it hurt.” While the Godfather of Punk may be retiring from the precarious practice, the Los Campesinos! singer will have only two weeks to heal those wounds before his next possible attempt as Exclaim points out that Los Campesinos! are booked for two more big UK festival gigs (Reading and Leeds) at the end of the month.
Get well soon, Mr. Campesinos!, long live your stage-diving endeavors, and just be glad nobody caught the spill on tape.