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800 people in Mooseheads Brawl

By johnboy - 13 March 2006 22

The ABC is reporting a huge brawl in Civic on Saturday night/Sunday Morning with 800 people blocking London Circuit and 14 arrested.

The clash began when bouncers were set upon by a group of about 20 revellers outside Mooseheads nightclub on London Circuit.

Any witnesses amongst the readership?

UPDATED: The Canberra Times has more comprehensive coverage which sadly diverges into a case history of every reported incident in Civic over a long period of time.

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Buster 4:51 pm 24 Mar 17

Was just telling a much younger work colleague about this.

I was djing at Mooseheads that night, saw the beginning of it from 2 metres away and ended up unintentionally involved in it, when the owners locked the doors for patron and staff safety, in the process stranding me right in the centre of it.
It was started by a group of football supporters, whose tempers frayed after a combination of alcohol, extremely hot weather (it was pre or early season and from memory both the raiders and brumbies played in canberra that night) and standing in the queue for too long. The footy heads kicked off at security (when did we stop calling them bouncers) and it was on for young and old. It all happened on the footpath and in the four lanes on London circuit. The footpath was literally covered in bodies as people wrestled on the ground. Id estimate approximately 40-50 patrons and 30 odd mooseheads staff were involved, with a further 300-400 people watching. While this sounds full on, there were no significant injuries that I saw, no bloodied faces, the other bloodied nose and mouth, but no broken jaws, or other maxilofacial injuries, and im pretty sure no one was transported to emergency via ambulance. Violence was a nightly occurrence at the moose, in 5 years working there I easily saw over 1,000 fights. In terms of actually damage done, this was on the lighter end of the scale. As a point of comparison i saw a bloke get slashed wide open with a glass, then as he feel to the ground his arm got caught on a couch leaving it fully extended. The perpetrator then kicked the man on the floor in the arm, between the elbow and shoulder, snapping the arm completely.

dragcity_cowgirl 2:54 pm 14 Mar 06

Nah…I vote to keep the shithole open [Mooseheads]…that way there’s a higher chance of you having a decent night out ….SOMEWHERE ELSE

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