Crowd brawl breaks out during Eagles performance of Take It Easy in London

A woman looking aghast as fans grabble in Hyde Park
Fans grapple in Hyde Park (Image credit: David Toby/Daily Mail)

Take it easy
Take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
And take it easy

That's good advice from the Eagles right there. Relax. Chill. Take it easy. And it's advice that appears to have been roundly ignored by several fans attending the band's Hyde Park show in London at the weekend. 

Having handed over a minimum of £399 for Diamond VIP seats – a sum that guaranteed ticket holders access to a "dedicated premium standing viewing area in front of the stage with unrivalled views of all the Great Oak Stage performances" – some fans elected not to take advantage of the unrivalled view at all, but to start brawling, much to the chagrin of their fellow concert goers.

In a video of the fracas, several fans can be seen grappling on the Hyde Park turf, throwing punches and pushing away the security guards who attend the scene. More members of the security detail arrive, there's further pushing and punching, and the oblivious Eagles play on, their smooth harmonies delighting those in the crowd whose attention has remained on the stage. Eventually, after much belligerence and no small amount of hoo-ha, the unruly music lovers are led away. 

"You've got to take it easy" remarks an onlooker as he surveys their departure, the irony of the moment clearly apparent.

Fighting. While Take It Easy was performed. We literally despair. 

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 37 years in music industry, online for 24. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.