Home to a variety of blossoming electronic music events throughout recent years, Thailand has unofficially taken the crown as the hub of dance music culture in Asia. Amongst a handful of events hosted across the country, 808 Festival has announced its return to Bangkok’s Oasis Arena, for a successful fifth year at the venue.
Yesterday, December 10, Hardwell headlined Myanmar’s debut 808 Festival in Yangon. Unfortunately, while the Dutch DJ’s performance was in full swing, a few rabble-rousers in the crowd started a fight big enough for the artist to see it from the stage. The habitually cheerful Hardwell took a 20 second pause from his booming set to call out the rowdy festival-goers, saying, “take the fight out of the fucking party because we need to party without the fight here.”
Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, the emotionally-charged DJ sent an important message to the disrespectful individuals: dance music is a space that only has room for love and respect.
While the actual fight in question wasn’t captured by the procured video, Hardwell’s vexed response to the occurrence can be seen about 0:43 seconds in.
Just over an hour ago, Hardwell was performing to a sold-out crowd in Yangon, Myanmar where he played as the headliner for the 808 Festival when a fight broke out during his set. Unfortunately, from the video we obtained, we can’t really see what’s happening in the crowd, but whatever happened it was enough to make Hardwell get on the mic.
Ever the mediator, Hardwell took to the microphone urging troublemakers within the crowd to ‘take the fight out of the fucking party because we need to party without the fight here.’ While he only stopped the music for 20 or so seconds you can definitely hear the frustration in Hardwell’s voice as he reminds us that the music is about all about ‘peace and love’ tonight.
Either way we hope that the show continued on without a hitch. Skip to 0:43 to see the incident in question.