Three Killed at Belgian Rock Festival

Three people were killed Thursday (Aug. 18) at an open-air rock festival in Belgium when a stage collapsed just days after a similar accident at a Sugarland concert in Indianapolis. In addition to the fatalities, more than 70 people were injured at the Pukkelpop festival near Hasselt, Belgium, a city located 50 miles east of Brussels. The Smith Westerns, a Chicago-based indie rock were playing in the Chateau tent, the smallest of eight stages, when heavy wind and rain hit the festival grounds. The tent collapsed, sending scaffolding and sound equipment tumbling into the crowd. The three-day festival began Thursday, and the Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform on the main stage that night. The Avett Brothers were to perform Friday on the main stage. The festival lineup also included Eminem and the Offspring. A stage collapse at Sugarland’s Saturday (Aug. 13) concert at the Indiana State Fair claimed the lives of four fans and a member of the stage crew. Sugarland will resume its Incredible Machine tour Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.