One dead as wind batters main stage at Spanish music festival

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At least one person has died and dozens injured after high winds caused part of the main stage to collapse during a dance music festival near the Spanish city of Valencia.

Other infrastructure was also damaged on Saturday when gusts hit the Medusa Festival, a huge six-day electronic music festival in the east coast town of Cullera.

Forty people were taken to hospital and three remained there on Saturday afternoon, regional health authorities said.

Organizers said they were canceling the rest of the festival for the safety of attendees.

“We are completely devastated and saddened by what happened this morning,” organizers said earlier on the festival’s Facebook page, adding that “extreme” weather caused damage to various infrastructure at the venue. festival.

“Around four in the morning, strong and unexpected winds destroyed some areas of the festival, forcing management to take the immediate decision to leave the concert area to ensure the safety of participants, workers and artists,” said the directors. organizers.

The festival, where French DJ David Guetta was due to play on Saturday, had DJs scheduled all Friday night on five stages. DJ Miguel Serna was on the main stage for his set when the incident happened.

“A Moment of Horror”

“It’s been a tense few minutes, I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” he wrote on Instagram.

“The drama happened right at the end of my session on the main stage, just below, which was the most affected (area). It was a few moments of horror, I’m still in shock.

National weather agency AEMET said there were “strong gusts of wind and a sudden increase in temperatures” overnight, with gusts of 80km/h recorded at Alicante airport in the region of Valencia.

National broadcaster TVE showed footage of strong gusts of wind hitting festival tents and awnings in the middle of the night as people shielded their eyes from the sandstorm conditions.

-PAA

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