Man kills himself at Swell Season concert (jumped from roof over stage during show at Mountain Winery in Saratoga)
Mountain Winery stage (a previous show) (MattAlbers)
Writes [a] witness:
“Glen was just finishing a little song that one of his band members had made up. The crowd was singing along with him and he was looking for the band member as we finished singing along. I just happened to look up and I saw this guy falling from the top of the roof on the right side of the building behind the stage. He landed about 3 feet to the left of Glen [Hansard] on a speaker and he was motionless, like a rag doll. It was about 10pm. At first there was a split moment where everyone was like, what is going on and then people started to scramble to help. They did CPR. The show stopped immediately. The crowd was in shock, but pretty cooperative exiting the venue.”
And another witness:
“I saw him fall from what appeared to be the lighting rigging, which is why I thought it was a light at first. He fell about three stories, if he did in fact jump off [the] roof. It was about 10pm. The band was between songs with most of them off stage. Lead singer [Glen Hansard] had just led crowd in a sort-of sing-along. Crowd seemed stunned at first, like me. Then you could hear some people sobbing. He fell on the front right of stage as you look at it from [the] audience. They performed CPR.”
SF Weekly reports that the man who jumped “from a roof onto the stage at the Swell Season concert at Mountain Winery in Saratoga” last night, is dead. Witnesses are saying he left his seat, climbed up and jumped. “At first, we thought it was a dummy (prank of sort) or part of the lighting, but after seeing the horrible shock on Glenn’s face, we realized it was something very serious.”
This incident comes just one day after a man almost died after jumping down 25+ feet at a Phish concert in NY.
The Swell Season played Brooklyn & the Newport Folk Festival at the end of July.
Video taken at the Saratoga show right after the man jumped, below…