Ultra Music Festival hosted its first full competition occasion in Australia this previous weekend (i.e., not a “Road To Ultra” occasion), headlined by The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, and Marshmello. The occasion was held over two days, as soon as in Sydney and one other day in Melbourne.
Among these performing was Australian Melbourne bounce artist Will Sparks, who has change into the topic of a number of accusations of misconduct at the competition.
According to an assistant tour supervisor for one of many main artists performing, who requested anonymity (henceforth known as ATM), Sparks was hanging out with their artist of their trailer earlier than showtime. As they have been going to be taken to stage, ATM poured everybody within the trailer a shot in order to maneuver them exterior and clear the room. As ATM was cleansing up, Will and a few women reentered the room for extra drinks.
“I let them pour another but told them I’m closing everything down,” ATM informed Your EDM by way of Instagram DM. “They stayed within the doorway to maintain me from closing. I politely requested them to maneuver and closed the primary door of our trailer and immediately began to be taunted by Will.
“‘Hey guys, I’m just doing my job, I gotta close up here,’ is all I said. It was followed by calling me a stupid cunt and bitch.”
The remainder of the interplay apparently proceeded in a lot the identical means, with ATM attempting to shut up and Sparks changing into more and more confrontational and irate.
ATM continues, “I shook it off with a ‘whatever dude.’ Right as I’m about to close the 2nd door he runs up and punches it. I was unsure what happened and swung open the door like ‘what the fuck was that.’ He continued to call me fucking cunt, an ugly bitch, etc.”
Ultra artist relations, in addition to Sparks’ supervisor, ultimately came visiting to assist whereas he continued to behave aggressively towards ATM.
Yo in the event you can’t deal with your alcohol don’t fucking drink!!
Acting like a raging baboon, hitting shit & abusing ladies who’re merely simply attempting to only do their job for the HEADLINE artists at the competition is disgusting. All I can say is thank fuck Melbourne bounce is useless 😌👋🏼
— AMYJANEBRAND (@AmyJaneBrand) February 24, 2019
Another tour supervisor additionally claimed that Sparks had as soon as shoved her right into a video wall as a result of she requested him to not stroll out onto stage when her artist was performing. Your EDM reached out to her, as properly, however hasn’t heard again at time of publishing.
“[Sparks’ manager] apologized after, but I said I wanted one from Will,” says ATM, “and I haven’t heard anything. […] If he isn’t confronted it’s enabling others to do the same and just ruins the culture.”
Posts from Clancy Silver, at present tour supervisor for The Chainsmokers, and Tobias Wang (@visualbass), a photographer who’s labored with The Chainsmokers, Zedd, and extra additionally echo the sentiments and account given to Your EDM by ATM.
This type of conduct from artists at festivals is fully unacceptable. While it might look like artists are there to get together and have enjoyable, being booked to carry out at an occasion is a job, at the start. And performing on this method whereas beneath contract at a place of job isn’t solely embarrassing, but additionally endangers those that are in control of protecting issues so as.
Neither representatives for Will Sparks nor Ultra haven’t returned a request for remark at time of publishing.
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