According to the Ottawa Business Journal, the main stage collapsed at Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Sunday night around 7:20 p.m., moments after CHEAP TRICKmembers left the stage due to an intense storm.
CHEAP TRICK was about 20 minutes into its performance, but was able to get off the stage safely. The band posted a message on its Facebook profile later in the evening, “We are SOOOO lucky! Everyone is shaken up but band and crew are all fine. CHEAP TRICK hopes that everyone who attended the show is also OK.” CHEAP TRICK singer Robin Zander later added, “Fortunately the band and crew are all lucky to be alive and we’ll see you down the road. And all the best to our truck driver Sandy.”
Globe And Mail editor Ryan MacDonald, who was at the concert, wrote, “Suddenly the wind whipped up from the west and the storm rolled in. It was a scary moment. People started screaming and crying. The stage was a rectangle and it had scaffolding, three, four storeys high. The wind caught it and blew it backwards. It collapsed like a big tent. It was kind of unreal.”
Video footage of the collapse can be seen below. Photos are available at this location.
“Fire crews and police are checking beneath stage and so far no one found. Appears everyone made it out safely,” the Ottawa fire service wrote on Twitter just before 8 p.m.
Twenty minutes later, the service wrote a second search underneath the canopy confirmed nobody was trapped.
On Twitter, Bluesfest officials said no serious injuries occurred as a result of the collapse, and that remaining programming for the festival is canceled.