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Ex-Mars Volta & At The Drive-In frontman throws 'boiling water' at festival crowd

The former frontman of The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In Cedric Bixler-Zavala has shocked fans in New Zealand by throwing a kettle full of boiling water into the audience.

The incident, which took place at Westfest in Auckland, led to onlookers suffering minor injuries after Bixler-Zavala lost his temper with the apparently unenthusiastic crowd who were watching his current outfit, Antemasque.

According to reports from the festival, including Australian site The Music, the singer was agitated throughout the set before proceeding to pick up various pieces of stage equipment and hurl them around the performance area.

The tantrum then culminated in a kettle containing what some believed to be “boiling hot” liquid being splashed over numerous audience members. Watch the incident below.

One attendee told the NZ Herald: “Cedric threw a plastic kettle full of boiling hot water towards me and my friends.

“We were standing about four or five metres back. I threw my hand up to catch it before it collided with my friend’s face. This bruised my hand and then splashed hot water all over him and my face. It bloody hurt. My friend’s arm went all burny pink.”

There are still a few months to go until the UK festival season gets in to full swing, but with on-stage flare-ups like this it is unlikely Antemasque will be a name appearing on too many bills any time soon.

Patrick Davies