Last night at Paul McCartney's Melbourne show at AAMI PARK I was physically assaulted because I wanted to stand and dance. Paul McCartney is on my bucket list of artists I want to see live before I (or they die) and I was very happy to tick him off.
However, I wanted to stand and dance in my seat. The people behind me did not even ask nicely. I had no idea the people wanted me to sit down until they were physically punching me in my lower back and putting hands on both my shoulders to shove me down. I have been to so many concerts and I have never been to one where I have to sit down the entire time, but also - when it came to Queen + Adam Lambert and Adele, or any other concert I've been to; I stand up during the up beat songs I like and dance - and I sit down during the slow ones.
I ended up going to the foyer and crying for a good half an hour because all the other sections people were standing and dancing but I wasn't allowed to.
I am thankful I am going again tonight so I can watch the songs that I missed out on.
But I am frightened I am going to deal with the same backlash I did last night. I have been to so many concerts at your venues and have never experienced this before in my life.
Any help would be much appreciated. I don't care how close I am, I just want to sing along and dance to an artist that I never thought I'd be able to tick of my bucket list.
I'm heartbroken. I just wanted to dance and sing.
That's horrible, I'm so sorry to hear this. If it happens again (and I hope it doesn't) maybe report it to security? I experienced the same treatment at one of my first Paul shows years and years ago. A group of men harassed me and my friend for standing but luckily a nice group of people were nearby and told them to stop.
Good luck at your next show and have so much fun!