One person was killed and dozens were injured when strong winds caused part of the main stage of a dance music festival near the Spanish city of Valencia to collapse early on Saturday, services reported. regional emergencies.
Other infrastructure was also damaged when gusts of wind hit the Medusa Festival, a huge electronic music event that was held for six days in the town of Cullera, on the east coast, south of Valencia.
The festival, which was due to perform on Saturday by French DJ David Guetta, had scheduled DJs to perform throughout the night on Friday on five stages.
Of those injured, three suffered serious injuries and 14 had more minor injuries, regional emergency services reported on Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ). Regional health authorities later said 40 people had been treated.
“We are completely devastated and shocked by what happened last morning,” organizers said in a statement.
As they stated, the “exceptional” weather conditions caused damage to various infrastructures of the festival site.
“Around 4 in the morning, an unexpected and violent gale devastated certain areas of the festival, forcing this management to make the immediate decision to vacate the concert area to guarantee the safety of attendees, workers and artists,” said the organizers.
In a subsequent statement, they announced the decision to permanently cancel the event due to “the adverse and unexpected weather conditions that are expected to continue throughout the day.”
DJ Miguel Serna was on the main stage for his set from three to four in the morning when the incident occurred.
“They have been very tense minutes that I have never experienced before,” he wrote in an Instagram story on Saturday. “The tragedy has caught me right at the end of my session on the main stage, just below him, who has been the most affected. It has been a few moments of horror, I am still in shock.”
The national channel TVE showed images of strong gusts of wind hitting people’s tents in the middle of the night.
The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) indicated that during the night there were “strong gusts of wind and a sudden rise in temperatures”, with gusts of 82 kilometers per hour at the Alicante airport, in the Valencian Community.