Thousands Flee Stage Fire at Tomorrowland Offshoot In Barcelona

Article by: Marcus Barnes|@mgoldenbarnes

Sun July 30, 2017 | 13:11 PM

Thousands of festies have been evacuated from the site of a Tomorrowland offshoot event in Barcelona this weekend after the main stage caught fire. Over 22,000 revelers at Tomorrowland Unite Barcelona 2017 were ordered to leave the site for their own safety when a massive fire took hold. The one-day festival, which was held in the city’s Parc de Can Zam de Santa Coloma de Gramanet, had EDM stars like Steve Aoki, Afrojack, and Ingrosso on the bill with the party scheduled to go until 3am. However, it was cut short hours earlier than planned when the main stage caught alight. 

Pictures and videos posted on social media by members of the crowd show the entire right-hand side of the ornate main stage engulfed by flames. Eyewitnesses say the stage exploded after a pyrotechnics display went wrong. The director general of civil protection in Catalunya tweeted that 22,143 people had been evacuated from the event, but no injuries had been reported so far. The fire was quickly brought under control though fire safety experts at the scene are said to be concerned that the stage could now collapse. The main event was happening in Belgium with it being livestreamed to the giant screens in Barcelona though performers at the actual festival were clearly unaware of what was happening at the Spanish event as they continued their shows while the fire took hold.

On their Facebook page , the Tomorrowland organisers posted up an update confirming the incident and said, “Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction. Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries. Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organiser of UNITE.”