Stage collapse at Spain’s Medusa festival turns deadly

One person died and 17 were injured following a partial stage collapse at the Medusa festival in Spain. The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday, August 13, when strong winds tore through the area of ​​Cullera near Valencia around 4:18 a.m. local time.

The person killed was a 22-year-old concertgoer, according to the Spanish Civil Guard, the country’s paramilitary police, who spoke to CNN and leads the investigation into the tragic event. Seventeen more people were injured, including The Guardian reports that three of them suffered serious trauma, while 14 others had minor cases. A total of 40 people received medical attention.

The spokesman for festival also told CNN that the damage was more than just the stage collapse. “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 50,000 people were present and it took 40 minutes to clear the grounds.

ONE fan-shot video on Twitter shows the intense weather that caused the partial stage collapse as security appears to be trying to clear the area.

Fan video footage of the weather at the Medusa Festival

Organizers of the festival issued a statement Saturday on Facebook expressing their condolences and announcing that the remaining dates of the six-day event were cancelled.

Translated, it reads: “It is a very painful moment. Difficult and heartbreaking. A hugely sad and disheartening moment for relatives, friends. A moment no one should ever know. It is also the most difficult moment that all of us who make up Medusa Festival ever think of going through. We remain heartbroken. Broken inside. So much so that hardly any words come out.”

The statement continued: “Our thoughts continue to occupy each and every one of those affected, directly and indirectly, by the unfortunate, unexpected and unavoidable accident that occurred tonight due to the extreme and unpredictable bad weather during the celebration of ​​Medusa Festival Our audience You have put your trust in us and have been the fundamental pillar for us to continue here today. The safety of those who attend our event has always been an absolute priority for us. Also workers and artists. We believe that all of you who know us know that the most important thing is to protect you all in each of our events.”

“For this reason, and because it remains our maxim, the Medusa Festival organization has made the decision to definitively cancel our festival. The unfavorable and unexpected weather conditions expected to continue throughout the day oblige us morally and irresponsibly to put a stopping for our 2022 edition. It is a day of mourning. And respect for those affected. … 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 “famous DJs from both mainstream and underground” from the worlds of EDM, house, techno and trance. That Festicket page also notes “the festival also invests heavily in on-screen production, with spectacular stagings built on the golden sands, built around the theme of each edition.”

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

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