Over 22,000 fans were evacuated Saturday night (July 29) from an EDM festival in Spain when the stage caught fire. The popular Barcelona festival was awaiting DJ Steve Aoki when eyewitnesses said a screen exploded and engulfed the speaker system in flames.
The exact cause of the fire has not been revealed, but Globo website has reported that “The fire brigade’s initial hypothesis is that there was an overheating of the material used in the construction of the stage during the presentation of a pyrotechnic spectacle.”
The fire, which started right before midnight, took 12 firefighting units to extinguish. Due to safety concerns and the extensive damage to the stage, all remaining events for the festival were cancelled.
Check out the fan video below as the fire begins to break out on the main stage.
Your set was on fire, maybe too much for Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/CnQZE5pKTn
— Edward Lozano (@edwardLOZAN) July 29, 2017
According to Tomorrowland, there were no reported injuries as they evacuated the attendees. In a statement on Facebook the festival said “Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction. Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries. Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organizer of UNITE.”
— Alex Prim López (@ALEXPRIMLOPEZ7) July 29, 2017
— Daniel Jares (@danieljares6) July 29, 2017
Tomorrowland is a festival brand that first emerged in 2005 in Belgium. Since then the festival, owned by LiveStyle (formerly SFX), has expanded from Europe to the United States. Events were scheduled in eight countries this year, including the Barcelona event last weekend at Parc de Can Zam.
In addition to Tomorrowland Unite’s disaster, the festival’s Taiwan edition was also canceled this weekend due to Typhoon Nesat. A statement on Tomorrowland’s site read “the Kaohsiung City Government has decided that all outdoor activities on Saturday July 29th starting from 18:00 will be canceled. With this official government decision and to ensure everyone’s safety, UNITE With Tomorrowland Taiwan deeply regrets that the event in Kaohsiung City is cancelled.”
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