Powerful winds hit a beachside music festival near Valencia, Spain early Saturday, causing a stage to partially collapse. CBS News reported the injury toll at 40, and that a man in his early 20s had died.
The Medusa Festival’s Circus of Madness on the Playa de Cullera on the Balearic Sea was entering its fourth of six days on Saturday when bad weather hit in the predawn hours. In addition to significant damage to the stage, reports indicated that large structures at the festival entrance blew down.
“We are completely devastated and appalled by what happened last night,” festival management said in a social media statement. An “unexpected and violent gale” hit the beach just after 4 a.m. triggering the concert promoters “to immediately evacuate the concert area to ensure the safety of the festival goers, staff and artists.”
The remainder of the festival has been canceled.
The festival, also known as Medusa SunBeach, began in 2015, focusing on EDM and trance music, and is known for its elaborate stage design. The event was not held in 2020 or 2021.
Headliners at this year’s festival include American DJ Steve Aoki, Dutch DJ Afrojack, French DJ David Guetta, Australian DJ Timmy Trumpet, and Spanish DJ Wade.
According to the Daily Mail, DJ Miguel Serna, was on stage for a scheduled 3 a.m. set when the storm hit. “It was a tense few minutes, I’ve never experienced anything like it before. The tragedy happened just at the end of my session on the main stage, just below it, which was the most affected (area). It was a few moments of horror, I am still in shock,” he wrote on his Instagram Stories.
Some of the mayhem was captured on social media.