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Stage fire halts Spanish Tomorrowland festival

More than 22,000 fans were evacuated safely from an EDM festival in Spain at the weekend, after fire destroyed part of the main stage.

Held in the Parc de Can Zam, in the Barcelona suburb of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, the one-day festival, on 29 July, was part of the Unite with Tomorrowland series of international events, which linked music fans in Israel, Lebanon, Malta, South Korean, Germany and the United Arab Emirates with the flagship Tomorrowland gathering in Belgium. An eighth event in Taiwan was cancelled because of a typhoon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but eye witnesses reported seeing pyrotechnics setting light to a bank of speakers.

Despite some criticism from fans on the site in Spain, who claimed that no professionals were on hand to marshal the evacuation, nobody was injured in the incident, although local reports say that some people were treated for anxiety.

“Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organiser of Unite.”

Organisers immediately moved to reassure fans that they would be fully reimbursed for the cost of their tickets in addition to any balances remaining on their cashless payment wristbands.

In a statement, the local promoters said, “Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries. Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organiser of Unite.”

Building on the massive international success of Tomorrowland, the Unite events allow fans in other territories to experience the main festival through live broadcasts and “synchronised special effects with the show in Belgium”.

The Spanish event was scheduled to end at 3am with a headline set by superstar DJ Steve Aoki. Firefighters had the blaze under control within about half an hour, but because of the possibility of the stage collapsing, the event was cancelled at 10.15pm local time.


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15 injured in ceiling collapse at Steve Aoki show

At least 15 people were injured in a ceiling collapse at Oslo music venue Sentrum Scene last night.

The 1,750-capacity venue was hosting a show by American DJ Steve Aoki – part of a freshers’ week event organised by the BI Norwegian Business School – when a roughly 1sqm (10.7sqft) part of the ceiling came away, showering students in chunks of plaster and concrete.

Police believe the collapse was caused by the lighting rig making contact with the ceiling, reports Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, although a spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny the reports, telling IQ the venue is “still awaiting more information on what happened and why”.

She adds that, “as far as we know, no one was seriously hurt, thankfully”.

Daglabet video shows the damage to the ceiling and rubble on the floor:

In a statement, Sentrum Scene said it is “terribly sorry” for the accident and offered its thoughts to those “touched by the accident and to the students who where attending what was supposed to be a nice and positive event”.

Yngve Kveine, BI’s communications director, says the university is “relieved that the damage was not more serious”.

 


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