A Linkin Park concert in South Africa this past Wednesday evening has ended in disaster. Twenty people have been injured, and one is dead, after advertisement scaffolding fell onto a crowd out the front of the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, reports Blabbermouth.
Most of the injured are believed to have been promo girls working at the venue’s entrance. Strong winds have been blamed for the collapse. Since then, both Linkin Park and the City of Cape Town have released statements.
Linkin Park have explained that Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue. We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries. Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure, we take the safety of our fans very seriously and our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy.
The City of Capetown stated: The City’s emergency services, including doctors, paramedics and disaster risk management staff assisted immediately. The injured were treated on the scene and have been taken to nearby hospitals for further medical attention. The remainder of the structure was dismantled and the commanding officer at the Venue Operations Centre declared the event site safe shortly afterwards.
It is terrible for all involved, including the band who simply had no control over the situation.
Some footage was caught of the aftermath and the emergency crews, which you can check out below.