A TEEN has been arrested after a mass brawl broke out ahead of a gig in Edinburgh.
Police were called to the O2 Academy in the capital at around 8.15pm.
Punters queued up outside the venue ahead of the Bad Boy Chiller Crew concert.
And one local told the Edinburgh Evening News that the atmosphere ahead of the gig was like “a war zone”.
He said: “It was absolute chaos wherever you went. It was almost like a war zone at times.
“There were people rioting outside the venue, the queue didn’t seem to be going anywhere.
“So many people had arrived thinking that the gig was for 14 years and up and then finding out it was over 16s and it was causing lots of problems.”
A mass brawl erupted outside the venue and when cops arrived at the scene, a number of youths were dispersed.
A 15-year-old youth was arrested in connection with the disturbance.
He will be referred to the relevant Youth Justice Department.
Officers confirmed enquiries are continuing into the disturbance.
Advice and assistance has been given to venue staff regarding security.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 8.15pm on Thursday, 25 May 2023, police were called to a large scale disturbance outside a concert venue on New Market Road, Edinburgh.
“A 15-year-old youth was arrested in connection with the disturbance. He will be referred to the relevant Youth Justice Department.
“A number of other youths were dispersed by police at the scene.
“Enquiries are continuing into the disturbance and advice and assistance has been given to venue staff regarding security.”
An O2 Academy Edinburgh spokesperson told the Edinburgh Evening News: “During the evening of Thursday 25 May 2023, Police Scotland were called to assist with a disturbance on New Market Road, Edinburgh and we are liaising with the local authorities to support any enquiries for further information.
“The event went ahead as planned.”
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