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Rock Festival Suspended After 72 Injured in Lightning Storm

Some were hit by lightning, others by flying debris at Germany's Rock am Ring

(Newser) - A rock festival in western Germany was suspended Saturday after scores of people were injured in a lightning storm, the AP reports. Paramedics said more than 70 people were hospitalized after a storm struck the Rock am Ring festival late Friday at a former airfield 62 miles west of Frankfurt.... More »

Dozens Report Sexual Assaults at German Festival

More women are expected to come forward

(Newser) - Some 26 women have filed sexual assault complaints following a music festival in Darmstadt, Germany—and another 15 are expected to come forward. The 26 victims reported being "surrounded" by men who "touched and fondled" them at the Schlossgrabenfest on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Another 15 were... More »

Woman Killed When Lightning Hits Festival Tent

2 others injured, a dog also died in accident

(Newser) - When the weather got bad at Louisiana's T-Bois Blues Festival on Friday night, Jacqui Stavis, two other women, and a Labrador retriever sought shelter in a small tent. But tragedy struck when lightning hit the tent, killing the 28-year-old and the dog and injuring the other two women, the... More »

Teen Hunts for Dad After Mom's 1996 Concert Encounter

His Facebook post quickly garnered 12K shares and 3K comments

(Newser) - Calling all Jasons from Syracuse who attended the "K-Rockathon" concert in Vernon, NY, in July 1996: Your biological son, Jette Collins, is now 18 and looking for you. But, he assures you, he only wants to meet and say hi, he tells ABC News . After a little prodding from... More »

9 Hospitalized After Being Trampled at Ariz. Music Fest

2 have life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - As many as 12 people were injured after a crowd rushed a stage during a music festival last night at a park near the city's downtown, authorities said. Tempe fire officials tell KNXV-TV that nine people were taken to a nearby hospital after the 7pm incident at Tempe Beach... More »

Guy's Warning Photo: This Is My Coma on Drugs

Man took unknown pills at a UK festival; his friend died

(Newser) - Several people fell seriously ill at the Kendal Calling music festival in the UK late last month, and one of them has posted a sobering photo of himself in a medically induced coma on Facebook to send a message. Jordan Blackburn, 20, was in the hospital for three days, but... More »

This May Be the Most Rock-Star Moment Ever Filmed

David Achter de Molen was apparently one thirsty crowdwalker

(Newser) - A moment at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands has catapulted Dutch singer David Achter de Molen to rock-god status. De Molen of band John Coffey was "crowdwalking" during the show when someone hurled a cup of beer in his direction. Rather than dodge the cup, he managed to... More »

NY Music Fest Canceled After 2 Die

Ecstasy suspected in deaths at Electric Zoo

(Newser) - The third day of a New York City music festival was canceled today after two concertgoers died of suspected drug overdoses and four others became very ill, reports the New York Times . The city cited "serious health risks" at Electric Zoo, held over Labor Day weekend at Randalls Island,... More »

The TSA: Now Guarding Music Festivals?

Not to mention sports matches, rodeos...

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration is turning up in some unexpected places these days. The organization was originally created for airport security, but after the Madrid train bombing in 2005, special teams known as Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response were deployed. The groups are now working in train stations, highway weigh... More »

3 Hurt in Big-Screen Collapse at Miami Music Festival

One worker in critical condition

(Newser) - A large LED screen being set up for the Ultra Music Festival crashed onto the main stage last night in downtown Miami, seriously injuring two workers, one of whom was in critical condition. A third worker suffered minor injuries, and a fourth was treated on the scene after being shaken... More »

Sail With Hot Bands on the Coachella Cruise

Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, others sign on

(Newser) - Perhaps you've always wanted to go to Coachella, but the idea of spending a weekend in a tent in the desert just didn't appeal to you. Well, good news, luxury lovers: Soon you can enjoy Coachella in the much swankier digs of a cruise ship. The music festival... More »

5 Killed as Storm Slams Belgian Rock Fest

US band Smith Westerns survives stage collapse

(Newser) - At least five people were killed and about 140 others injured after a heavy storm hit Belgium's Pukkelpop music festival yesterday, the AP reports. One stage was completely destroyed after trees blown over in strong winds crashed into rigging, the Guardian adds. The Chicago-based band Smith Westerns was playing... More »

Autopsy Planned in Bonnaroo Death

32-year-old Pennsylvania woman found in her tent

(Newser) - Authorities don't know much more yet about the woman who died at the Bonnaroo music festival near Nashville this week. They have identified her as 32-year-old Beth Myers of Pittsburgh, according to the Tennessean . (Other services say she's from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.) Friends found her in her tent... More »

15 Killed At Music Festival Stampede

Daylong show in Germany turns tragic; dozens injured

(Newser) - Awful news from a daylong festival of technomusic in Germany: Police say at least 15 people were killed and dozens more injured during a crowd stampede. The panic took place in a tunnel leading to the festival grounds, where hundreds of thousands had assembled for the annual "Love Parade"... More »

Sarah McLachlan, Lilith Fair Return to New World

Do today's female artists still need a festival?

(Newser) - Seven years after her last all-original album, Sarah McLachlan is back—and she’s bringing Lilith Fair with her. Since the last Lilith, McLachlan has had two daughters and split from her husband, and female artists have gone from being underrepresented to dominating the Top 40. What does that mean... More »

'90s Faves Pavement Can't Make Cut Now

Oldsters make too much of alt kings, new schooler says

(Newser) - One of “the alt-est of 1990s alt rock” bands is on the comeback trail, but Pavement looks to be falling on deaf ears with today’s hipsters. Sure, Pavement’s got “Guitars. Drums. Guy with a dopey voice. Earnest Lyrics. Yelling,” Carles blogs at Hipster Runoff —... More »

The Music Sucked at Woodstock

(Newser) - Woodstock become an iconic event of the '60s, but according to Wall Street Journal critic Jim Fusilli, it was a mediocre festival at best. Major artists like Lennon, the Doors, and Led Zeppelin stayed away, those who did show were drugged up, and sound equipment failed—the whole thing was... More »

Summer Tours: S'Mores, Sweat, Sounds

(Newser) - Musical acts from youngster Taylor Swift to veteran Dave Matthews are hitting the road this summer, and some artists took time to fill the Wall Street Journal in on their on- and off-stage plans. A sampling:
  • Swift: Her first headlining tour includes a gig at Madison Square Garden, but her
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Festival Aims to Slay Zombie Record

Moviemakers invite music fans to shamble along for record-breaking zombie walk

(Newser) - A British music festival is planning the biggest night of the living dead in history, reports the Telegraph. Organizers of the Big Chill have invited all festival-goers to appear as zombie extras for a scene from the upcoming movie I Spit on Your Rave. They hope to send the existing... More »

Brit Mayor Crowd Surfs at Christian Rock Concert

65-year-old mayor keeps hold of chain of office while crowd holds him aloft

(Newser) - The mayor of Worthing, England, has become a YouTube superstar since he got a hands-on lesson on crowd-surfing at a recent Christian rock festival, the Telegraph reports. The 65-year-old politician was hoisted over the crowd of 14,000 people for two full minutes, wearing a suit and his chain of... More »

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