WA Day 2022: Rock band Birds of Tokyo helps collapsed audience member during Burswood Park show

The Tokyo Birds halted their WA Day performance on Monday night after a medical episode unfolded in the crowd.

The thousands of attendees at the WA Day 2022 event, held in Burswood Park, were left confused when the band suddenly stopped playing.

However, soon lead singer Ian Kenny had drawn attention to an audience member who appeared to have collapsed.

It is unclear what caused the member of the public to collapse in the permitted area, although Mr Kenny’s comments during the incident raised questions about whether they had been ‘knocked out’.

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Mr Kenny, who was on stage, eventually told the audience that the stranger – who was thought to possibly be a woman – had “returned”.

“Sorry about that, it was super cool just to chill,” he said after the break during the show.

“That person is out now, we are fine.

“I hope their noses are fine, we hope they are fine.”

Camera iconEskimo Joe performing at Burswood Park Burswood on Monday June 6, 2022. Credit: John Koh/western australia

The incident was quickly dealt with and the performance resumed shortly after, with the band singing their hit song “Lanterns” towards the end of the concert.

Western Australia Police Force have been contacted for comment, revealing they had nothing in their system to do with the incident.

Perth-born band Jebediah and Fremantle rockers Eskimo Joe also performed at the festival.

The silent disco was held under a giant inflatable octopus.
Camera iconThe silent disco was held under a giant inflatable octopus. Credit: Michael Wilson/western australia

Tens of thousands of Perth residents were expected to explore the wide variety of street food, show bags and children’s activities available at the festival. An inflatable black swan and a giant octopus towering over a silent disco were just a few of the unique displays.

A 500-person drone show – which cost over $1 million – also lit up the night in a different way to music, creating a light show that featured different iconic aspects of the state: from the swan black to mining vehicles, and even a Quokka holding a selfie stick.

Photos from the WA Day event in Burswood, Perth.  Photos from the Drone show
Camera iconThe WA Day festival drone show featured hundreds of drones. Credit: Ross Swanborough/western australia

While the weather was cool, the rides, food and entertainment were also provided. Of note is the Whadjuk Dreaming exhibit, which showed videos of Aboriginal stories, such as the kangaroo and emu challenging each other in a running race.

After the decimation the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked on both WA’s entertainment and events industries, the festival has provided much-needed hope for businesses and patrons.

The main supporters of the festival were the Government of Western Australia, BHP and Lotterywest.

Birds of Tokyo, a contemporary rock band, has topped the ARIA charts, featured songs on Triple J, and performed as special guests at shows with Bon Jovi, Midnight Oil, and Muse.

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