Stage collapses at Cheap Trick show

American rockers narrowly avoid injury at Canadian festival

American rockers Cheap Trick escaped unharmed after the stage at the Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed on Sunday (July 17).

The band were just 20 minutes into their set at the long-running Canadian festival when high winds and a violent thunderstorm prompted officials to evacuate the stage. Moments later the entire structure collapsed, as can be seen in this dramatic YouTube footage.

Several people were hospitalised following the incident, one with life-threatening injuries, reports Cnews.

The remaining performances, on what was the festival's final night, were pulled. The event had already seen appearances from bands including The Flaming Lips, Death Cab For Cutie and Jane's Addiction, among many others.

Officials have promised an investigation into the cause of the accident.

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