Seven injured in storm at major French rock festival | show

Seven injured in storm at major French rock festival |  show

videoSeven people were injured, Thursday, at the Eurockéennes de Belfort, one of the largest French music festivals, after a heavy thunderstorm broke out. So the Thursday and Friday evening concerts have been cancelled.


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Due to high winds and rain, a tent in front of the entrance to the festival site collapsed around 4.30 pm on Thursday, right after the festival opened its doors. Seven people were injured as a result. One of them was taken to hospital, Rafael Sodini, the governor of Tritoire de Belfort, who came to check on the situation immediately. The storm also caused extensive damage to the festival site and the nearby campground.

“Our first goal is to ensure the safety of festival-goers, staff and volunteers,” says festival organizer Matteo Pegas. “The festival aims to continue, but it will not be possible to open the site on Friday.” Tickets will be refunded on Thursday and Friday.

The French gendarmerie patrols the site of the Eurockéennes Festival in Belfort, France. (30/06/22) © AFP

On Thursday, Belgian Stromae and French DJ duo Bob Sinclar and Pedro Winter were on the programme, Friday, among others, featuring Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds and Diplo.

Rock Werchter started in Belgium on Thursday. It also rained heavily there, but it did not cause any casualties to visitors or damage to the festival site.

Visitors will leave the festival site after the Thursday and Friday concerts are cancelled.  (30/06/22)
Visitors will leave the festival site after the Thursday and Friday concerts are cancelled. (30/06/22) © AFP

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