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26 Jul 2021

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Video Structure Collapses ahead of Florida’s Rolling Loud Music Festival

The stage right video wing of an outdoor roof system at Hard Rock Stadium in the USA has collapsed, only a day before gates were due to open at  Rolling Loud Music Festival in Miami Gardens.

Festival organisers announced in a brief statement on Twitter that nobody was injured, and that the collapse would have no bearing on the opening day of the event, with the wall to be “fixed before doors open”.

It is still unclear what caused the collapse.

This is the first time in two years that the heavily anticipated hip hop festival has been held due to COVID restraints. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected over the three day event.

Photo: WSVN via CNN Newsource

Four Deaths, At Least 17 COVID Cases at Michigan’ Country Music Festival

Tragedy has struck at a country music festival near Brooklyn, Michigan, with three men left dead and another two in critical condition, from what is being described by authorities as a carbon monoxide leak.

Emergency services were called to a campsite near the Faster Horses Country Music Festival when a friend was unable to establish contact with the group. When paramedics arrived, they found five people, all aged under 21, unresponsive. Three men were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others were transported to hospital, where they remain in a critical condition. The exposure to carbon monoxide is believed to be from a generator located near the trailer the group were in.

Another body found at the same festival grounds, a 30 year old woman, appears to be unrelated but Police have not yet disclosed the cause of her death

It was also reported that health officials are urging attendees to be tested for COVID, with at least 17 confirmed cases linked to the event so far. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working with festival organisers in an ongoing investigation into the cases.

The Live Nation event took place on the 16th-18th of July at the Michigan International Speedway.

Photo: Gabriel Gurrola

Dutch Festival Linked to 1,000 COVID Cases

European festivals have been put on notice as the Verknipt outdoor festival in the Dutch town of Utrecht has been linked to more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19.

Though a negative COVID test was a requirement of entry, the two-day festival left more than one in 20 visitors infected, highlighting a number of crucial mistakes including allowing festival-goers entry based on negative tests that were up to 40 hours old.

While these entry requirements were initially considered adequate by local officials, Lennart van Trigt, a spokesman for the Utrecht health board, admitted “We should have had a 24 hour [period], that would be a lot better because in 40 hours people can do a lot of things like visiting friends and going to bars and clubs. So in a period of 24 hours people can do less things and it’s safer.”

Additionally, the festival also allowed attendees who had only recently received vaccinations to attend, when most regulations recommend several weeks before taking full effectiveness against COVID-19 infection.

Verknipt is a festival group founded in 2012 focusing on techno and house music events. With light restrictions returning around The Netherlands off the back of a recent surge in cases, it remains to be seen what effect this will have on the rest of Verknipt’s calendar.

Photo: JC Gellidon

Headline Photo: Grey Rosenke

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