Tomorrowland Unite Stage in Spain has dramatically been evacuated tonight after a huge fire broke out engulfing its stage in Barcelona hours before Steve Aoki was due to perform. A huge crowd of 22,000 people was evacuated from the site, Parc de Can Zam, after a blaze broke out near banks of speakers on the main stage.
Videos which have surfaced on social media show how the speaker system to the left of the main stage was engulfed in fire in a matter of seconds. Music fans could be seen dashing to safety from the front of the main stage as they panicked and realized what was happening.
Others appeared oblivious to what was happening as they danced with the stage erupting in flames behind them. One eyewitness reported on social media that the stage simply “just exploded”. Another witness claimed that the fire “apparently started during a fireworks display” – though this was yet to be officially confirmed.
Pyrotechnics on the stage have been blamed for starting the blaze, according to local media, although that is yet to be confirmed. Organizers have pointed the finger at a “technical malfunction”.
Worried relatives have been taking to social media trying to ensure their loved ones are safe. The main event is understood to being broadcast in Belgium with it being livestreamed to the giant screens in Barcelona. But performers in Belgium did not appear to have been told what is happening and continued with their performance as the stage in Barcelona burnt down.
Local media have estimated 25 per cent of the stage was destroyed by the blaze – although images that have surfaced appear to show that it’s more substantially damaged. The emergency evacuation procedure flashed on the stage screen as the flames erupted.
At the time of the blaze, the festival was in “direct connection” with the main festival in Belgium, CCMA reported. The Barcelona event was reportedly stopped at 10.15pm local time (9.15pm UK time).
Official statement from Tomorrowland:
“Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona MainStage caught fire due to a technical malfunction. Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries. Local authorities will follow up and continue the investigation together with the Spanish organisation of UNITE.”:
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Está ardiendo el tomorrowland Barcelona… Han evacuado la zona central. pic.twitter.com/OCDADEZow7
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Tomorrowland Santa Coloma en Can Zam. pic.twitter.com/3OPxg0YIQS
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