We're all too used to hearing stories of EDM excess nowadays, but instances of needless disrespect as extreme as this don't typically emanate from the house music crowd. This past Friday, the 16th, Duke Dumont left the stage part of the way through his performance at Edmonton's Union Hall after complaining that an upper balcony attendee was spitting on and throwing drinks at him.
For what it's worth, the "Need U (100%)" producer made his exit with as much class as could be expected of anyone under the circumstances; the first words out of his mouth after he cut the music were an apology. "I'm sorry, guys," he said over the mic, "I know you paid good money, but I don't get paid enough to get spat on."
He did go on to challenge the aggressor, saying, "If you’re man enough to spit, you’re man enough to come on up here." Magnetic Magazine does not condone violent behavior - but in all fairness, we can't say that we disagree with Dumont's statement.
Watch the video of Duke Dumont's exit below:
It's a shame that the behavior of one individual had to ruin the night not only for Duke Dumont but also the fans who came to see him perform. With any luck, it will prove an isolated occurrence as he continues on the North American leg of his tour.