Photo via Lollapalooza
This weekend’s edition of Chicago festival Lollapalooza had to be evacuated after heavy storms.
Organisers shut down the festival for several hours on Saturday, releasing the following statement: “Festival-goers are being evacuated from Grant Park and are being directed by staff and the Chicago Police Department to pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites along Michigan Avenue.” More than 60,000 fans, and around 3,000 artists and staff were evacuated at 3.30pm, but gates were reopened at 6pm, and no such problems followed on Sunday.
Lollapalooza promoter Charlie Jones [via LA Times] has issued a a subsequent statement, thanking “tens of thousands of festival goers, staff, and artists who calmly and safely exited from Grant Park today. We applaud and thank the City of Chicago for their cooperation and commitment to making Lolla a safe and enjoyable experience for all. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for one more day.”
Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as according to plan at Germany’s Wacken Festival, where a currently unnamed man died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Festival organisers confirmed the news [via NME], stating that “As far as is known now, a festival guest laid down on canvas-covered trailer, where he fell asleep. A power generator was also located underneath the cover and running, filling the space between trailer and canvas with poisonous carbon monoxide.”
They continued: “As it appears, the person on the trailer was breathing in this gas and consequently died. After approximately two hours, the friends of the deceased went looking and discovered the lifeless body under the canvas on the trailer. Emergency services and doctor were called immediately, but couldn’t successfully resuscitate the person. The State Attorney has started investigations.”
Lollapalooza featured performances from the likes of Justice, Frank Ocean and Washed Out (ahem), while the more metal-leaning Wacken featured In Flames, Dimmu Borgir and more.