HAMBURG (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Southside Music Festival in Germany was struck by severe storms on June 21st, leaving one man dead and significant damage to the festival, Billboard reported.
The man, 28-year-old paramedic was killed and his colleague critically injured, when their vehicle was struck by a flying tent poll dislodged by the 80mph winds while on-site at the festival which was being held at a military airbase in Neuhausen ob Eck in Germany.
The winds also destroyed tents and damaged other festival infrastructure, prompting festival organizers at FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktion to consider canceling the event. Eventually, it was determined that the show would go on despite the damage.
"We can't just send 45,000 people on their way to a festival back home again." Bernd Zerbin, a spokesman for festival organizers told Billboard.
The festival, which was held for the 8th time from June 22-24 featured performances by Aereogramme, Arcade Fire, Art Brut, Beastie Boys, Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party & Blood Red Shoes among others. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers