Stage collapse at Spain’s Medusa festival turns deadly

One person has died and 17 have been injured following a partial stage collapse at the Medusa Festival in Spain. The incident happened in the early morning hours of Saturday August 13, when high winds swept through the Cullera area near Valencia around 4:18 a.m. local time.

The person killed was a 22-year-old bystander according to Spain’s Civil Guard, the country’s paramilitary police, who spoke to CNN and are investigating the tragic event. Seventeen other people were injured, including The Guardian reporting that three of them suffered severe trauma while 14 others had minor cases. A total of 40 people received medical treatment.

The festival spokesperson also told CNN that the damage was more than the collapse of the stage. “Due to a strong gust of wind, the main entrance and main stage of the Medusa Festival in Cullera fell to the ground,” they said, adding that there were 50,000 people in attendance and that it was took 40 minutes to clear the field.

A video taken by a fan on Twitter shows the intense weather that caused the floor to partially collapse, as security appears to be trying to clear the area.

Video footage of fans on the weather at the Medusa Festival

Festival organizers released a statement on Facebook on Saturday expressing their condolences and announcing that the remaining dates of the six-day event have been cancelled.

When translated, it reads: “This is a very painful time. Difficult and heartbreaking. An extremely sad and discouraging time for parents, friends. A time no one should ever experience. It’s also the most difficult time that all of us who make up Medusa Festival have ever thought of going through. We remain devastated. Broken inside. So much so that almost no words come out. »

The statement continues: “Our thoughts are continually with each of those affected, directly and indirectly, by the unfortunate, unexpected and unavoidable accident that occurred tonight due to the extreme and unpredictable weather during the Medusa Festival celebration. Our public They trusted us and were the fundamental pillar so that we could continue here today. The safety of people attending our event has always been a top priority for us. Workers and artists too. We believe that all of you who know us know that the main thing is to protect you all in each of our events.”

“For this reason, and because it continues to be our maxim, the organization of the Medusa Festival has taken the decision to definitively cancel our festival. The unfavorable and unexpected weather conditions which are expected to continue throughout the day oblige morally and by responsibility to end our 2022 edition. This is a day of mourning. And respect for those affected. … Once again, we express our deep and sincere condolences. Thank you all for your understanding .”

A statement from the organizers of the Medusa Festival

Medusa described itself as a dance music festival on the beach featuring “celebrity mainstream and underground DJs” from the worlds of EDM, house, techno and trance. The Festicket page also notes that “the festival also invests heavily in the production on display, with a spectacular staging built on the golden sands, built around the theme of each edition”.

Loudwire extends its condolences to all those affected by this tragedy and their families.

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