Sugarland to stage free concert for victims of Indiana State Fair tragedy

Band plan to raise funds for families of those killed and injured in stage collapse

Sugarland have announced plans to stage a free concert for victims of the Indiana State Fair tragedy.

A storm brought winds of up to 70mph to the site collapsing the stage, killing seven people before a gig to be played by the country music act on August 13.

Now, the band are set to play a concert at Conseco Fieldhouse with a host of unannounced special guests on October 28 to raise funds for the victims. Tickets from the original concert are to be honored regardless of whether refunds had been received, according to the band.

Five fans, a security guard and a stage crew member died from their injuries and more than 40 other people were hurt in the tragedy, which saw the stage structure collapse right into the audience.

Sugarland were set to headline the event. Following the tragedy singer Jennifer Nettles said: “There are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity. There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe.”

She added:

A piece of our heart is left in that grandstand. May God provide peace and healing to the people of Indianapolis.