On Saturday morning, strong winds above 51 mph caused part of the main stage to collapse at the Medusa Festival in Valencia, Spain.
It cost one life and injured dozens of festival-goers, according to Reuters and the BBC. The extreme weather also affected other EDM festival infrastructure.
After the incident, the festival site was evacuated and the organizers canceled the rest of the shows for the event.
Of the injured, three were seriously injured and 14 had minor injuries, according to local emergency services. Thirty-two people were taken to hospital, according to Reuters.
In an interview with Spanish media, one festival attendee said, “We are in a state of shock. It could have been me; it could have been anyone.”
Medusa Festival Organizers Express their Dismay and Condolences
Medusa festival organizers expressed their disappointment and sadness to the families and friends of those who died and were injured in the accident and released a statement on a social media platform.
“We are completely devastated and dismayed at what happened last morning. The management of Medusa Festival would like to express our deep and sincere condolences to the family and friends affected by the fatal consequences that occurred last night,” the festival’s organizers said in a statement posted on Facebook.
“It is a day of mourning and respect for those affected. And they will have us for everything they need. His unbearable suffering, we also make ours.”
The 2022 lineup of the Medusa Festival were Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, and more.
DJ Miguel Serna performed on stage for his scheduled set during the incident.
“It was a very tense few minutes; I’ve never experienced anything like it before,” Serna said in an Instagram story. “The tragedy happened just at the end of my session on the main stage, just below it, which was the most affected. It was a few moments of horror. I am still in shock.”
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