Tragedy struck Atmosphere Festival in Esteio, Brazil when a stage collapsed killing a DJ and injuring three others. The DJ injured at the Electronic Music Festival was 30-year-old was Kaleb Freitas.
According to sources, the festival was occurring during hazardous weather conditions involving heavy rain, hail and gale-force winds. Several weather warnings had been issued, but the event went on. The dangerous conditions are what led to heavy scaffolding terrifyingly falling apart and landing on Freitas and others below. Freitas was taken to the hospital after suffering from head trauma, but later died from his injuries.
Originally from Porto Alegre, Freitas’s presence enlightened many people. His facebook has since seen many messages from people offering their condolences and can show how much the dedicated artist will be missed.
5,000 people were attending the event at the time of the incident. Video footage appears to capture festival attendees not completely aware of the tragedy and in awe of the stage collapsing. The stage collapsed behind the performing DJs, falling backwards onto the back stage portion.
Atmosphere Festival has issued an official statement:
“We always cherish the security of our audience, following all the processes, reports and authorisations requested by the local authorities. And to our audience we will keep them informed of all our actions to keep the truth about the facts that have occurred. We’re sorry, we lost a friend, an artist. Our priority is to assist the wounded and their families. We thank the military brigade and the fire department for all assistance.”
An investigation is ongoing. Watch video footage of the incident caught by several attendees below.
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