Two people believed to have died on storm-ravaged festival site in Belgium
Footage of the stage collapse at the Pukkelpop festival earlier today (August 18) is emerging online – scroll down and click below to see the local TV pictures and fan-shot videos.
At least four people are thought to have died during the incident this afternoon, which saw a storm bring down The Chateau stage. The Shelter stage was also damaged by trees.
One of the clips shows festival-goers exiting the tent shortly before the collapse while another shows the widespread panic that followed. A third shows fans taking cover in a food stall.
The rest of the day’s programme is expected to be called off.
Noah And The Whale played at Pukkelpop just a few hours before the incident. Frontman Charlie Fink told NME:
We were in our bus when [the storm] happened. The weather got mad, I’ve never seen anything like it, it was almost apocalyptic. It was pitch black like night but was only 5 o’clock. The freakiest part was that it went dead silent and for a festival that isn’t something that usually happens. Then people were just running away. A tree had fallen in the backstage area and a branch had gone straight through one of the tents, it was madness.
The Smith Westerns, who were due to play on The Chateau stage wrote on Twitter: “Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress, I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our shit is broke.” A further tweet read: “Praying no-one got hurt.”
Jared Leto, frontman with 30 Seconds To Mars who are due to headline the main stage tonight, wrote on his own Twitter feed: “CRAZY STORM AT PUKKELPOP IN BELGIUM – NOT SURE WE WILL BE ABLE TO GO ON STAGE – STAY TUNED. SAFETY FIRST.”