Freak Thunderstorm Hits SONISPHERE Festival In Finland

According to a message on the event's official web site, a severe thunderstorm hit Sonisphere festival in Pori, Finland this afternoon (Sunday, August 8) at approximately 4:00 p.m. Strong gusts of freak wind damaged the stages and knocked down tents and fences. Around 40 people were injured, two of them seriously, and are currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Sonisphere festival series producer Stuart Galbraith said in a statement. "Our first thoughts go out to the injured people and we sincerely hope they will have a full recovery."

The second stage was damaged beyond repair and to guarantee the safety of the audience, artists and crew the authorities closed the stage. The storm damaged MÖTLEY CRÜE's equipment, forcing the band's show to be cancelled. IGGY POP did play, performing an acoustic four-track set on the main stage, while the Sonisphere crew worked hard behind the scenes to dry everything out and make repairs to damage across the site.

Having borrowed the kit from SLAYER, ALICE COOPER is performing a full set on the main stage and IRON MAIDEN will also perform a full set, going on stage at approximately 9:50 p.m. and playing until approximately 11:50 p.m. The police and city authorities have agreed to allow IRON MAIDEN to finish later than originally planned.

"We're doing everything we can to ensure that the show can take place. The show will run so long as it can run safely," said Stuart Galbraith.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends). To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.