Saturday 18 November 2017

Acrobat falls to death at Madrid rock music festival just before Green Day show

Organisers did not cancel the US band’s performance.

Billie Joe Armstrong (left) and Mike Dirnt of Green Day (Yui Mok/PA)
Billie Joe Armstrong (left) and Mike Dirnt of Green Day (Yui Mok/PA)

By Sherna Noah

An acrobat fell to his death during a rock music festival in Madrid just before US band Green Day performed.

The organisers of the Mad Cool festival expressed their condolences to the acrobat’s family in a statement after his death on Friday.

Spanish national television showed images of what appeared to be the acrobat falling from a box suspended several metres in the air.

Green Day performing at an awards ceremony (Ian West/PA)

The organisers said they decided not to cancel the performance by Green Day following the accident “for security reasons”.

Green Day wrote on Twitter that they learnt the “disturbing news” only after leaving the stage and said “our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends”.

Some criticised the festival for not cancelling Green Day’s performance.

Organisers said they “regret the terrible accident”.

Press Association

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