Jammin' Music Fest Called Off After Storm-Related Injuries, Accidents
Several fans were reportedly injured at the Heineken Jammin' Music Festival today (June 15) in Venice, Italy when high winds toppled six speaker and lighting towers as My Chemical Romance prepared toSeveral fans were reportedly injured at the Heineken Jammin' Music Festival today (June 15) in Venice, Italy, when high winds toppled six speaker and lighting towers as My Chemical Romance prepared to play. The remainder of the weekend-long festival, which would have included sets by the Killers, Linkin Park and headliners Pearl Jam, has been canceled.
Initial reports by Italian newspaper Repubblica stated that approximately 10 concertgoers were hit by the falling amplification towers, sustaining head and limb injuries. Reuters later listed the number of storm-related injuries at 25, noting that 19 had been taken to the hospital and that reportedly only one person had sustained serious injuries.
A Billboard source on the scene says that in addition to the towers, speakers near the stage and the stage's backdrop were also blown down amid the strong hail, rain and wind. The festival lost electricity and the 30,000 attendees were notified that the rest of the day's sets had been called off via unamplified announcements.
Festival headliners Pearl Jam have unfortunately been witness to European music festival injuries in the past. Nine fans were killed in a muddy crowd crush during the band's set at the Roskilde festival in Denmark in June 2000.