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Darius Syrossian Alleges He Was Attacked And Assaulted By Security Staff At BPM Festival *Updated*

Sankeys’ New York resident Darius Syrossian has alleged he was beaten up after his set at this week’s BPM festival after an altercation with security staff over guest list spots.

Syrossian took to his Facebook to give an account of what he said happened:

Thanks for the support guys.

I’m gonna book an air France flight home and get out of here, via Paris, another 1k but I’m done with this shit. I gave my all for that show and EVERYONE SAW, it was absolutley rocking in there for my set and the entire party.

WHAT EXACTLY happened is this…

After booking me, they then said, artists only get $1000 all in, THIS IS WHY SANTE AND DETLEFF were on the bill but didn’t come, but I didn’t care, I played at a loss, I spent nearly 2k for my own flight which I will prove with a screenshot when I provide all evidence to back up what has happened. I earn more than enough so I didn’t care about playing at a cost, I saw it as a holiday, as everyone can see, I promote all my gigs well to help promoters who have been kind enough to book me.

And I promoted this, look at the post and pic with 1 hour to go of the party ! I was having an incredible time, it was brilliant. But VIVa had competition winners and I was getting messages saying they charging us in, THAT MAKES VIVa look bad, but not only that my OWN guestlist was being told to pay in (THEY ALL SPENT $40) IN THE END.

Half way through my set I went to the door and said guys why are you not letting my guestlist in? This was the EVENT ORGANISERS, NOT SECURITY! they said who the hell are you, go away, I said I am playing the music right now! FOR YOUR PARTY!

I said this is a joke and went back to the decks, I forgot about it. Then with 20 mins of the night to go, the OWNER CRAIG PEDIGREW came to the decks, with a few of his huge security and set them onto me, I was actually really buzzing and Steve was smashing it, I was dancing behind him and I literally got jumped on, I was punched, thrown down the back of the booth and lets just say it wasn’t pleasant! Then I was dragged out through the crowd!! and told you are not gonna leave Mexico, your dead, and we will make it look like an accident!! All this is really funny since, I paid to play for them, the party was rocking, and even when I arrived into Mexico, all other DJs were picked up by BPM organisers but was told I am not on the list of DJs to be picked up!!

Look, ask ANY promoter I have ever played for, they always say, my rider is so simple, a bottle of tequila and a smile, THATS IT!

I dont ask for much….

I can handle paying my own flight, I can handle not being picked up at aiport 1 hour away…..

I can handle not being given any drinks while I play…….

BUT I CANT HANDLE MAKING MY GUESTLIST PAY, so I said something and got beaten up for it I mean at least wait until the gig is over?

Thanks to Steve Lawler if he didnt shout them to get off me I know I would have had a broken neck as they had my pinned down and was bending my head back….

Everything I have said I can provide proof for…..

I haven’t got a broken knee cap, I said it feels like I have a broken knee cap, but I can hardly bend it. I’m gonna try get the air france flight home and when BPM make whatever statement they want, I’ll provide all my evidence.

Shame on you BPM, I gave my all for your show, and as it happens in your BPM app in your whats hot list of 325 artists im in the top 30 people have voted to see, and I rocked it and did my job for you, even though it cost me to do it, and you beat me up for it.

Thanks guys, THANKS.

As you might expect a supposed BPM representative, who was apparently stage managing the show on behalf of BPM, waded in on Syrossian’s tale, telling quite a different story:

“You guys want to hear the real story. Here it is since I was managing the show on behalf of BPM. Darius you submitted a guest list, at had it at the door an a few names somehow were left off. Don’t know who’s fault it was. Your Management, the person who submitted it and or yourself for forgetting names and trying to add more after the fact. In a professional world you could have spoken politely to the guest list girl to resolve the missing names. She more than likely would have let them in. But you decided to be completely unprofessional and verbally assaulted her in public sending her to tears. She actually left work because she was so upset as to how you spoke to her. Funny thing is all we wanted to do was talk to you professionally about the incident and you chose to tell the festival director to fuck off. You told her you would turn off the music. We said no problem go for it. You didn’t an you know why? Cause you knew you were wrong. We took the high road at this point and just let the situation be. Near the end of the night, Craig pettegriw, the festivals founder simply wanted to talk to you about it professionally. But you chose once again to tell him to fuck off. I was standing there both times and you didn’t even engage in a conversation to rectify the situation. You simply told him to fuck off. So that was it for you my friend. We got security to ask you to leave and you refused. One of the security grabbed you and you resisted. Steve Lawler didn’t save you. I did, for fear that you would continue to disrupt the DJ booth and the incredible set that lawler was playing. So we grabbed your gear instead as it was the only way to get you out. No one broke your knee cap as you walked out on your own in between 5 security guards. Your story is very short on details as is your temper that got you into this mess. If it was me you talked to like that or any other person for that matter I would cold clock you in your arrogant face. Trying to put down a festival that puts artists first is pretty funny. I guess we paid Richie Hawtin and dubfire to play at a taco restaurant yesterday right? So stop making up shit, you’re just making yourself look worst to your peers. I told you last night and I’ll tell you again, get your head out of your ass! By the way you played a great set. Too bad it won’t be for the BPM festival ever again!!”

Quite who is telling the truth were not sure but it sounds like a Wunderlust story gone wrong.

More details as we get them.

Here’s the official statement from BPM.

A statement released by the festival reads: “Accusations that a physical altercation occurred… are completely false.

“[Darius Syrossian] played the opening DJ set at Steve Lawler’s VIVa Warriors showcase and was asked to leave the club towards the end of the night after he verbally assaulted our staff, making a female staffer cry, and continued to berate the Directors of BPM.

“He was escorted out and BPM provided the cab fare back to his hotel.

“All label showcases, including VIVa Warriors, are paid a lump sum and they are responsible for arranging fees internally and paying their artists.

“BPM provides artists with ground transport from the airport as long as their flight information has been submitted. This was sent to all showcase representatives prior to the festival”.

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.