Pukkelpop Festival confirmed to return in 2012

Belgium bash to go ahead after report rules stage collapse which killed five was a 'natural disaster'

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Pukkelpop festival is set to return in 2012, it has been confirmed.

The move comes after five music fans died and more than 70 were injured after violent storms caused the staging to collapse at the Belgian event over the summer.

A statement said:
Pukkelpop will continue in its original form: three days, eight stages, a mixture of the best bands, DJs and sideshows of the moment combined with a distinctive focus on artists of tomorrow.

The event has been allowed to go ahead after a government report ruled that what happened at the music festival in August was "a natural disaster". This meant organisers were cleared of any blame, but also meant the damage incurred by the event and festival-goers was not covered by insurance.

Organisers have announced they are offering food and drink vouchers for the next three years of the event to those fans affected by this year's cancellation.

"Pukkelpop has suffered considerable financial losses," a statement added. "The festival will only be able to survive with the support of many and thanks to the strong reputation it has built up in the past. The consequences of our decision to pay restitution will weigh heavily on Pukkelpop, the festival as well as the organisers, in the coming years."

Following the stage collapse, an independent support fund was set up with donations being spread between the families of the victims of the disaster.

For more information go to Pukkelpop.be.

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