Reading festival crush: Student’s nose broken by barrier at silent disco

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Reading festival crush: Student’s nose broken by barrier at silent disco

Gemma Ageraniotis is now recovering at home after her nose was broken in the crowd (Picture: Gemma Ageraniotis)

Gemma Ageraniotis is now recovering at home after her nose was broken in the crowd (Picture: Gemma Ageraniotis)

Pictures reveal the horrific injuries one young woman was left with after becoming crushed in a queue at Reading Festival.

Gemma Ageraniotis, 20, said she is ‘traumatised’ after her nose was broken when a metal barrier and crowds of bodies fell on top of her face.

She was one of hundreds of young people injured in the queue for a silent disco at the festival on Thursday night.

The student, of Dartford, Kent, said she was left for 40 minutes with her face pouring with blood before receiving any medical attention.

She eventually had to leave the festival after just one night and was picked up by her mother and is now recovering at home.

Gemma told metro.co.uk: ‘I have a broken nose and a badly bruised and swollen face, I was scared for my safety and I am still in shock at what happened.’

Videos posted online from the silent disco queue shows groups of bodies lying on the ground, with some young people being attended to by their friends.

I was at Reading festival Thursday night and was involved in the crush at the silent disco. I am absolutely disgusted at the lack of security and crowd control, I was pushed into the metal barrier and I smashed my face on to it due to people falling on top of me and me not being able to protect my face with my arms. I have a broken nose and a badly bruised and swollen face, I was scared for my safety and I am still in shock at what happened. Me and my friends were right next to the barriers trying to get out of the crowd as we were scared and overwhelmed, everyone in the crowd was pushing and we got pushed so hard that the barrier collapsed and people fell on top of us and my face hit the metal barrier. My nose was pouring with blood instantly.

Gemma at the festival the morning after she was crushed (Picture: Gemma Ageraniotis)

I was at Reading festival Thursday night and was involved in the crush at the silent disco. I am absolutely disgusted at the lack of security and crowd control, I was pushed into the metal barrier and I smashed my face on to it due to people falling on top of me and me not being able to protect my face with my arms. I have a broken nose and a badly bruised and swollen face, I was scared for my safety and I am still in shock at what happened. Me and my friends were right next to the barriers trying to get out of the crowd as we were scared and overwhelmed, everyone in the crowd was pushing and we got pushed so hard that the barrier collapsed and people fell on top of us and my face hit the metal barrier. My nose was pouring with blood instantly.

Gemma was picked up by her mother on Friday morning before any music at the festival had even begun (Picture: Gemma Ageraniotis)

I was at Reading festival Thursday night and was involved in the crush at the silent disco. I am absolutely disgusted at the lack of security and crowd control, I was pushed into the metal barrier and I smashed my face on to it due to people falling on top of me and me not being able to protect my face with my arms. I have a broken nose and a badly bruised and swollen face, I was scared for my safety and I am still in shock at what happened. Me and my friends were right next to the barriers trying to get out of the crowd as we were scared and overwhelmed, everyone in the crowd was pushing and we got pushed so hard that the barrier collapsed and people fell on top of us and my face hit the metal barrier. My nose was pouring with blood instantly.

Gemma before the incident (Picture: Gemma Ageraniotis)

Gemma said: ‘Me and my friends were right next to the barriers trying to get out of the crowd as we were scared and overwhelmed, everyone in the crowd was pushing and we got pushed so hard that the barrier collapsed and people fell on top of us and my face hit the metal barrier.

‘My nose was pouring with blood instantly.

‘Luckily two boys on the other side of the barriers came rushing over and dragged me and my friend out as she was getting crushed by people who fell on top of her, they dragged us out to safety.

‘We were told to wait at the side for the medical team, my face was pouring with blood and no one even offered me a tissue or something to stop the bleeding.’

After the crowd crush, festival organisers tweeted that the silent disco arena would be closed due to ‘technical issues’.

Terrified Reading Festival revellers are crushed against barriers and other music fans in a 'stampede' as they queue for a silent disco

Pictures and videos of the ‘stampede’ appeared on Twitter and Snapchat (Picture: Snapchat)

Gemma said she was ‘absolutely disgusted’ by the lack of crowd control or security measures at the site.

She said: ‘People were jumping over the barriers to escape, people were having panic attacks and couldn’t breathe.

‘After about 40 minutes of waiting for urgent medical attention, we were told we had to make our own way to the medical tent as the team couldn’t get through; which was absolutely disgusting.

‘We then had to push our way through the crowd again to get to the medical tent and when we arrived I wasn’t even examined or offered pain relief.

‘They glued a wound shut on my nose to stop the bleeding and told me my nose wasn’t broken, but when I asked for a copy of my medical report they had wrote on there that my nose was broken.’

Thousands of people baked in soaring temperatures at the three-day festival this Bank Holiday Weekend to see the 1975, Post Malone and the Foo Fighters.

I was at Reading festival Thursday night and was involved in the crush at the silent disco. I am absolutely disgusted at the lack of security and crowd control, I was pushed into the metal barrier and I smashed my face on to it due to people falling on top of me and me not being able to protect my face with my arms. I have a broken nose and a badly bruised and swollen face, I was scared for my safety and I am still in shock at what happened. Me and my friends were right next to the barriers trying to get out of the crowd as we were scared and overwhelmed, everyone in the crowd was pushing and we got pushed so hard that the barrier collapsed and people fell on top of us and my face hit the metal barrier. My nose was pouring with blood instantly.

She said she was ‘disgusted’ by a lack of crowd control or security at the silent disco site (Picture: Gemma Ageraniotis)

I was at Reading festival Thursday night and was involved in the crush at the silent disco. I am absolutely disgusted at the lack of security and crowd control, I was pushed into the metal barrier and I smashed my face on to it due to people falling on top of me and me not being able to protect my face with my arms. I have a broken nose and a badly bruised and swollen face, I was scared for my safety and I am still in shock at what happened. Me and my friends were right next to the barriers trying to get out of the crowd as we were scared and overwhelmed, everyone in the crowd was pushing and we got pushed so hard that the barrier collapsed and people fell on top of us and my face hit the metal barrier. My nose was pouring with blood instantly.

She is now recovering back at home in Kent (Picture: Gemma Ageraniotis)

Gemma said: ‘I went to the festival to enjoy myself and see my favourite artists but my time was cut short by poor security and crowd control.

‘I had to get picked up by my mum and taken to hospital where they confirmed that my nose was broken and x-rayed my face to check for more damage.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Reading and Leeds Festival for comment.

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