Posted in music on August 19, 2011

"On behalf of myself, Ben and Rob, I'd like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to anyone caught or hurt in the storms at Pukkelpop. Our show has been cancelled. Thanks to everyone who came to support us." - James Blake

Pukkelpop

One of Europe's largest outdoor music festivals was canceled Friday after a stage collapsed during a violent storm in Belgium, killing five people and injuring 50, organizers said.

Belgian authorities confirmed Friday that the death toll has gone up.

"A fifth person has died," Andy Payne, spokesman for the nation's crisis center, told CNN. He said he did not know the circumstances surrounding the death.

Three people were heavily injured, said Katrien Goossens, spokeswoman for the festival organizer.

The families of the victims have been contacted, she said. In addition, the festival is providing lodging, food and clothes for those concertgoers from abroad who have tickets to return home on Sunday.

The storm struck Thursday just hours after Pukkelpop kicked off. The scheduled three-day event was in Hasselt, east of Brussels.
Strong winds ripped up trees and smashed them into one of the festival's eight stages, Belga national press agency reported.
Belgian authorities are investigating the stage collapse, which struck those who had gathered to watch the Smith Westerns perform, Belga reported. [CNN]

The rest of the weekend is cancelled.

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Comments (12)

now there's 3 pukkelpop threads? WHERE ARE WE SUPPOSED TO COMMENT

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 3:38 PM

No more Force Majeure comments. My butt hurts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 3:47 PM

but did the smith westerns get their gear replaced?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 4:10 PM

how come the ja cuzzi boys were not there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 4:43 PM

can somebody PLEASE update us on Smith Westerns' guitars??? I can't sleep

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 5:21 PM

any new tweets from braindchild cullen?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 5:50 PM

SmithWesterns Cullen Omori
OMG kings of Leon just told me we we're the new kings of Leon.
6 Aug

SmithWesterns Cullen Omori
Just were sincerely told by someone were the new kings of Leon #lollaplooza
5 Aug

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 6:42 PM

does that mean^ Smith Westerns gonna cancel their tour to go to rehab too????

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 7:01 PM

"Smith Westerns are the new Kings of Leon"

what a fucking EPIC who-gives-a-fuck sentence ...

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 7:12 PM

"No more Force Majeure comments. My butt hurts"

Try a Heineken Light anal douche-TVOTR fans swear by it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2011 10:28 PM

Smif n' Westerns are clown shit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 3:21 AM

sMEHth westerns

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 8:11 AM

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