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Stage Collapse Stunts Ottawa Bluesfest

July 19, 2011

In an unfriendly reminder of the dangers involved in densely crowded concerts, the Ottawa Bluesfestsuffered a surprising setback yesterday when the main stage came crashing under the violent gusts of winds. Gusts reached up to 96 km/hr by 7:30 p.m., leading to the downward gust which Environment Canada officials are citing as the main culprit, rather than shoddy construction to the stage.

Heed this: if storms are approaching your area, it might not be the night to march to the front row of your favorite concert. This view might be better from the back.

Video footage shows crowds scrambling frantically from the stage as the structure folds in on itself during Cheap Trick’s performance at 8 p.m. EDT. Miraculously, the catastrophe resulted in one injury; a broken leg.

Festival operators hastily suspended other performances for the night as approaching storms continued to drop heavy rains and winds across the area. The cancellations prevented a highly anticipated performance by Seattle favorites Death Cab for Cutie, who were scheduled to perform at 9:30 p.m.

The 12-day festival attracts over 200 of today’s biggest performers and bands each July, in one of the most impressive displays of live music assemblage offered today.


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