Some audiences' 'unsafe behavior' postpones Coke Studio concert

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 8) — A free concert organized by Coca-Cola Philippines was cut short Friday night due to the rowdy behavior of some in the crowd.

The Coke Studio Christmas Concert has been rescheduled to early next year, Coca-Cola Philippines said in a statement on Saturday. The decision was reached Friday night by the concert organizers, along with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the management of SM Mall of Asia (MOA), where the concert was held.

"The unsafe behavior of portions of an estimated 15,000 spectators such as pushing, jumping on the barricades and throwing bottles, threatened the safety of the rest of the concert-goers, despite numerous reminders from authorities present," Coca-Cola Philippines said, adding that a number of people sustained minor injuries.

Photos and videos shared on social media showed the unruly behavior of some of the audiences.

At around 5 p.m. Friday, Coca-Cola Philippines took to Twitter to announce that the MOA Concert Grounds had reached full capacity. At 5:45 p.m., it tweeted that Quest, one of the artist performers, reminded the audience "that their safety is of Coca-Cola's utmost importance and asks for their cooperation."

"After careful assessment, and repeated requests for the public's cooperation, Coca-Cola together with all the artists, PNP, the City of Pasay and SM MOA, deemed it necessary to reschedule the concert to a later date," Coca-Cola Philippines said. Based on its tweets, the concert was called off at 10:48 p.m.

Coca-Cola Philippines apologized for the inconvenience and assured the public that it will "continue to coordinate with the relevant parties to further tighten control measures in our next events."

The concert's line-up included Filipino-born international artist Apl de Ap, Filipino-American K-Pop star Kriesha Chu, and local singers and bands Moira, Ben&Ben, Khalil Ramos, December Avenue and Quest.