Woman at a Stevie Nicks concert said she was thrown out for dancing

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Heading to a concert, the last thing you’d expect to be kicked out for is dancing.

But that’s reportedly what happened to a fan at a Stevie Nicks concert in Melbourne — she was thrown out by security for “dancing,” according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Nicks concertgoer Jo-Ann George told the newspaper that she was removed from her $204 floor seat in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Nov. 16, after she was asked by security to stop dancing mid-show.

If you’ve ever tried to listen to “Edge of Seventeen” sitting in your designated seat, it’s a goddamn fool’s errand. 

“The security came up about three times and told me to sit down,” she told SMH. “The next minute three of them had me and were dragging me along the floor of the aisle. They threw me out of the stadium.”

“I’ve paid for a ticket I want to dance. I’m only 5’5, it’s not like I’m 6’7 or anything,” she said. “All I wanted to do was dance.”

“All I wanted to do was dance.”

Melbourne & Olympic Parks, who manage Rod Laver Arena, told Mashable that George moved to a category away from her allocated seat (we’re guessing, the aisle), and that they had received complaints from other patrons.

“We can confirm a patron was ejected from the Stevie Nicks concert at Rod Laver Arena for leaving their allocated seat and causing disruption to other patrons. The individual was asked to return to their seat a number of times, and after failing to cooperate was ejected in accordance with our Conditions of Entry.”

“It is important to us that fans are able to enjoy themselves at our venues, however this should not be to the detriment of others.”

The Rod Laver Arena stipulates on its website that a person may be liable for ejection from the venue for using abusive language or threatening gestures, if they are deemed by management to be displaying offensive, disorderly or unlawful behaviour, and if they fail to comply with a lawful request from staff. 

Dancing in the aisles at a concert is not specifically mentioned.

George said she’d had no trouble dancing through the support acts, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders. So why during Nicks?

Probably because of the absolute, guitar-smashing, death circle-inducing chaos that ensued:

This isn’t the only incident of a Melbourne music arena with security issues at major concerts. Grammy-winner Adele stopped her final Australian concert mid-show to verbally smack a security guard at Melbourne’s Etihad Arena in March. The guard had apparently been telling audience members to take a seat during the concert.

“Just before we go to the next song … excuse me sir? Could you stop telling people to sit down?” said Adele on stage.

“If you don’t like dancing, don’t come to a fucking music show.” 

Look, concert etiquette is a huge deal — you’ve got to look after your fellow crowd members and be respectful. But dancing in the aisles at a concert, especially with nostalgic rock artists like Nicks, pretty much goes with the territory. 

Come on, it’s not a sit-down symphony. It’s the “Queen of Rock and Roll,” Stevie Nicks. Tom Petty called her a “a true rock and roll chick, in the best way.” So aren’t we meant to dance in the aisles? 

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