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Storms Threatened Sonisphere

01:01 PM Tuesday 8/10/10 |   |

The last of this year’s Sonisphere Festivals didn’t reach quite the sort of thunderous conclusion that metal fans would have had in mind, as a major storm wreaked havoc at the Finland site Aug. 8.

Heavy rain at the twinned Sonisphere in Sweden turned the Stockholm site at Storra Skuggan into a mubath, but both events sold out and the organisers managed to get through the programme. In Finland, some acts helped others by lending them equipment.

Despite the weather, the Stockholm show was a huge hit with the national media. One leading daily described it as “the future of Swedish Festivals.”

“It only hit us for five minutes but it hit us very hard,” Stuart Galbraith from co-promoter Kilimanjaro told Pollstar, describing how the storm lashed across the Pori site. “I’ve never seen weather conditions that were that extreme.”

Forty people were injured but over three-quarters of them had only minor cuts and bruises and were treated on site. Of the more seriously injured, two were taken to hospitals in Pori and Tampere and are now recovering after surgery.

The storm trashed the stage where Iggy Pop and Mötley Crüe were to play. Mötley Crüe was forced to pull out because most of its equipment was wrecked, Iggy switched to the main stage, and Alice Cooper played courtesy of gear supplied by Slayer. Headliner Iron Maiden was able to play, although two hours late.

After two years, Sonisphere has clocked up 17 editions and sold more than 1 million tickets across Europe.

“I’ve been through a mudbath in Switzerland, a sandstorm in Spain, and now a hurricane in Finland,” Galbraith explained.

The acts helping Sonisphere weather the storm in Pori and Stockholm Aug. 7-8 also included Iron Maiden, Apocalyptica, Anthrax, HammerFall, Alice in Chains and Volbeat.


Comments

  1. Sanna wrote:

    01:25 PM, Aug 12, 2010

    The storm was really short, only 10 or 15 minutes, I cant tell even thought I was there myself.  there was two different really rare happenings, a small Tornado, and something called downburst.

    The downburst was happening in Sonisphere area.

    After the Slayer we waited for Iggy Pop and just minutes before he would have come to the stage everything started. First rain, then thunder, then REALLY heavy rain and hails, and combined a superstrong wind.

    After 15 minutes sun was shining.

    Only artist that did not play was Mötley Crüe. Iggy did a acoustic gig. Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden played full amazing shows.

    1 person died,  on thursday, because of the storm