Overcapacity and in violation. These are two reasons why more than a hundred Third Eye Blind fans were not allowed allowed to see their favorite rock ban perform at The Republik Thursday night. According to the Honolulu Fire Department, the venue has a capacity of 299 people.
However, when fire investigators, showed up at the concert they counted 405 people inside. A series of inspection documents revealed The Republik was in violation for issues like failing to show documentation of an approved fire alarm and automatic sprinkler system. Because of those violations, the venue capacity was capped at 299.
"It was made clear on that date and other dates what had to happened for the occupancy level to be above 299," said Capt. Terry Seelig with HFD.
BAMP Project, the concert production company which owns The Republik didn't want to talk on camera but sent KITV News a statement saying "We were given documentation by the city, that led us to believe that we were operating legitimately with the codes of the law. We sold less than the approved capacity based on that paperwork. Therefore the show was not oversold or overcrowded."
The venue says they are working with HFD to rectify the issues. Third Eye Blind decided to hold a free acoustic jam session in Waikiki Friday afternoon to make it up to ticket holders who never made it inside.
"We were very disappointed we couldn't play for everybody who was outside, " said lead singer Stephan Jenkins. "We wanted to do something that would reach out and a make a connection."
BAMP says those who did not get their ticket scanned get a refund minus the service fee.