Lady Antebellum’s Indiana State Fair Show Canceled After Saturday’s Stage Collapse

Memorial Service Held at Fairgrounds to Honor Five Killed at Sugarland Concert

Lady Antebellum’s upcoming concert at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis has been canceled as state officials continue the investigation into Saturday’s (Aug. 13) stage collapse at a Sugarland concert that killed five people and injured at least 45 others.

Lady Antebellum and Brett Eldredge were scheduled to perform Friday (Aug. 19).

“We were so sad to hear what happened and have kept the families of those injured and especially those that lost their lives in our prayers,” band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood said in a prepared statement.

The fair will not present any additional concerts at the outdoor grandstand area, where the accident occurred, according to Indianapolis TV station WTHR. A previous report indicated that fair officials were considering the possibility of moving the concert series to other local venues, including the Conseco Fieldhouse, the Verizon Wireless Music Center and the lawn at White River State Park.

Janet Jackson was booked to perform Wednesday, followed by Train and Maroon 5 on Thursday. No word on whether those shows will take place, but a spokesperson for Lady Antebellum confirmed that the group’s concert has been canceled.

Prior to Sugarland’s Saturday night performance, a strong wind gust toppled the stage canopy, scaffolding and rigging into the crowd shortly before 9 p.m. All Sunday events at the fair were canceled, but the fair reopened Monday morning with a memorial service honoring those who were killed.

During the ceremony, the victim’s names were read as bouquets of flowers were carried across the stage. The service closed with the crowd singing “Amazing Grace.”

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels mourned the loss of those killed, but applauded those audience members who immediately jumped into action to assist the victims.

“There was a hero every 10 feet Saturday,” he said.