Concert underway despite ad tower collapse

2012-11-07 21:04
Bevan Lakay, News24
Cape Town - The Linkin Park concert at the Cape Town Stadium got underway on Wednesday despite an incident nearby where 20 people were injured.

Outside the stadium, an energy drink branding tower was blown over by a strong gust of wind just before 19:00, falling on people below.

Reports say the majority of the injured were women doing promotional work.

"The City's emergency services, including doctors, paramedics and disaster risk management staff assisted immediately.

"The injured were treated on scene and have been taken to nearby hospitals for further medical attention," according to a statement by the City of Cape Town.

"The remainder of the structure was dismantled and the commanding officer at the Venue Operations Centre declared the event site safe shortly afterwards."

The concert went ahead as scheduled, however, and no announcements of the incident were made inside the stadium.


  • dean.hart.58 - 2012-11-07 21:29

    Heard two people died ? Can anyone confirm this

      sukhoipakfa - 2012-11-08 06:58

      One person confirmed dead at the hospital this morning,condolences to their family,but the concert was great,enjoyed it.

  • preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-11-07 21:30

    show must go on

  • avier.swarts - 2012-11-07 21:46

    we ran for our lives as the structure came down in slow mo... but dont know if anyone died yet... hope not... cant believe the show went on... i came home.

  • 1McBird - 2012-11-07 21:51

    On time,concise reporting..Good one Bevan. Wanted to be there but need to be on site at six am.

  • ncilliers1 - 2012-11-07 22:07

    Well if anyone can hear anything they are surely special. They wind is blowing all the sound away... If that make sense!! This should have been cancelled..... The fact that they are on the stage does not make it a concert.... I feel a bit robbed.... Not sure by whom.... The wind?

      renevleonard - 2012-11-08 11:15

      The concert was epic. Loved every moment. I think next time you should just spend a little more and get golden circle tickets, because the sound and everything was pretty great. So happy they didn't cancel.

  • tobydt - 2012-11-08 00:20

    Not a bad show irrespective of...

  • courtnaymurphy - 2012-11-08 11:13

    Why is everyone suprised the show went on? Ambulances and medical personnel were called, no one died at the scene, and they were all taken to hospital. Why, at this point, would the concert be cancelled? DJ Fresh: Sorry, folks, the concert tonight is cancelled because some people were unfortunately injured, though properly and promptly taken care of. Sorry everyone, have a safe trip home. Yea righ! As tragic as it was , it had nothing to do with the concert iself and thousands of people would have lost thousands of rands on tickets. If hundreds of people were injured then sure, maybe cancel the concert. Why is everyone so cross the show continued? The incident happened at 19:00 and Linkin Park only started at 21:35.

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