Reports emerging from Belgium indicate as many as six people may have been killed when violent weather destroyed a stage at the Pukkelpop Festival.
Although details are sketchy, the Associated Press reports four people were killed after a storm struck the open-air festival in Hasselt. Other reports indicated as many as six people were killed.
NME was a little more specific, saying the festival’s Chateau Stage was destroyed and that the Shelter Stage suffered damage.
Apparently The Smith Westerns were scheduled to perform on the Chateau Stage. The band’s Cullen Omori tweeted “Stage Collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress. I hope Pukkelpop has insurance bc all our shit is broke.”
He later added “We’re fine.”
Videos depicting the storm and the resulting destruction are already appearing on YouTube.
Pollstar will have more information shortly.