YouTube sensation George Watsky has injured himself after attempting a reckless stage dive.
Watsky was performing with fellow rapper and frequent collaborator Wax at Alexandra Palace in London as part of Vans Warped Tour UK.
During his performance of “I Don’t Give A F**k,” Watsky climbed a ~30-foot high lighting truss, screamed the title of the song, and jumped into the crowd.
Knowing there’s no way they could support his fall, the spectators below him scrambled to get out of the way, leaving Watsky to fall on the hard concrete floor.
The band looked on in shock as they watched Watsky fall almost 30-feet to the ground, with one band-member seen in tears as they rushed to finish the song while their front-man lay unconscious on the ground.
A few unlucky fans were injured when they could not get out of the way fast enough, and one young girl was left with a broken arm. Watsky was unconscious when paramedics first got to him, but one source at the venue confirmed he regained conciseness a few minutes later. He was rushed to the nearest hospital by ambulance, but is expected to be OK and should not be left with any permanent injuries.
On his recent ‘Cardboard Castles’ tour earlier this year, Watsky became well known for his highly energetic performances after jumping off low-hanging light fixtures and speaker stacks into the crowd. However, this incident was a serious step up from his usual antics and crucially he did not indicate to the crowd that he was actually going to attempt a jump.
In a special twist of irony, let’s not forget that just two years ago this was a man who would have to recite a poem about stage-diving before ever daring to attempt one.
Watch a video of Watsky’s fall below:
George Watsky, 27, is a well known poet, rapper, and YouTuber. While he has been well known in the world of spoken word poetry for years, he recently achieved wider notoriety in his ‘Pale Kid Raps Fast‘ video, which proved to be a viral hit, racking up over 10 million views in just a few months.
He has since shed the ‘pale kid’ persona and established himself as a well-respected rapper and a force to be reckoned with in the YouTube community.
The Vans Warped Tour was suspended after the incident, but resumed shortly after Watsky was taken to hospital. The show must go on.