As the second weekend of Tomorrowland makes preparations to begin, it is uncertain if the ‘Freedom Stage’ will be operational.
The massive structure hosted the Eric Prydz ‘Holosphere’ during the first weekend & is scheduled to host A State Of Trance during the second weekend. Artists such as Kryder, Benny Benassi, & Axwell are also scheduled to perform on the tented stage. See stage lineup here.
At the time of the incident, many local residents & party goers were inside the tent to escape the heat during the ‘Neighborhood Party’. Part of the ceiling poles holding lighting fixtures & the LED wall cracked & subsequently fell. It is unknown as to the exact reason why the structure failed, however some speculate a combination of heat & stage weight are to blame. Emergency personnel immediatey evacuated the stage with no reported deaths or injuries to guests. Eye witness, Liev Van Dyck stated to HLN
“A few people were shocked, mainly because of the noise, but the security people had everything under control…”
Tomorrowland spokeswoman Debby Wilmsen stated
“The structure of the tent has come loose, As a result, part of the ceiling has subsided. The damage will be repaired as quickly as possible, but for that we will have to close the tent for the visitors… the party continues as usual, but on a different part of the site.”
Currently there are no indications the stage will be open or closed as part of the second weekend. EDMTunes will monitor the story & report any updates.
[H/T] to HLN for being the first to cover the incident.