Music festivals are supposed to be happy places, where people can simply enjoy themselves, the company of like-minded fans, and the sheer joy that goes along with seeing your favorite musical performer live. Unfortunately, this would-be joyous occasion got incredibly dark incredibly quickly when an internationally renowned performer experienced a true freak accident and was killed while performing at one of these festivals that fans and artists alike have come to love.
DJ Kaleb Freitas has been killed and three others are injured after strong winds caused part of a stage to collapse during Brazil's Atmosphere EDM Festival. Freitas was performing on stage when the stage collapsed under strong winds. The festival went ahead despite adverse weather warnings from authorities.
Following the incident, Freitas was rushed to a hospital in Porto Alegre with head injuries, but died soon after arrival. Fans captured the terrifying moment on their phones.
Atmosphere Festival issued a statement in Portuguese:
“We always cherish the security of our audience, following all the processes, reports and authorizations 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.”
Sergio Bandoca, one of the people in charge of the exhibition centre where the festival was held, said:
“It was madness. The scale of the tragedy could have been far worse. Things were flying all over the place. There was panic.”
Friends and fans of Freitas took to social media with condolences.
Sad news of what happened at the Atmosphere Festival! My condolences to family and friends of Dj Kaleb 🙏🏻— CARINA (@djcarinamusic) December 18, 2017
Hey guys, next time a festival cancels or evacuates due to inclement weather don’t attack them for it. Understand that they only have your safety in mind- they lose thousands of dollars during evacuations but they must do it to protect you. My heart goes out to Atmosphere Brazil.— Annie Macs (@annie_c_macs) December 18, 2017
WHAT’S GOING ON TODAY?! Today, we lost the lead singer of a South Korean boy band AND DJ Kaleb Freitas! My prayers are with the families of the 2 celebrities..— Heavy Wrestler (@MrWOKENSmark) December 19, 2017
Should the festival have been cancelled?