A young woman was hit in the face by a severed pig’s head (whaaat?) during YOUNG AND IN THE WAY’s set at the Southeast Hardcore Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. It caused permanent blindness in her right eye.
Here’s what she had to say about the whole thing:
The band basically had a “sacrifice” theme to it with all the lights off, lit candles, burning incense, and they had the pig heads on stage. Some ignorant kids in the crowd took them off stage and threw them in the pit. There wasn’t really too many people in the pit to begin with, but I didn’t think too much of it at the time. Some kid picked it up and slung it in my direction, I’m guessing. I honestly did not see it coming.
The band issued the following statement:
No one affiliated with YAITW threw a pig head off of the stage during our set at the Southeast Hardcore Festival.
There is only so much we can say with the threat of a lawsuit flying around, however, we have made contact with the victim.
A member of the crowd who is UNAFFILIATED with Young and in the Way threw the head and although this is extremely unfortunate, we did not encourage the act, nor do we endorse it.
Let this be clear: This involves YAITW, the victim and the person who actually threw the item off of the stage and only 2 of those parties have come forward to address the issue.
Go here to see the videos from the fest.