Unsavory weather conditions have resulted in the injury of a Das Energi attendee. High winds have reportedly caused a staging structure to collapse on the individual, prompting the Salt Lake City, Utah festival’s organizers to temporarily shut down operations.
According to a source, a tower collapsed near the south side of the festival grounds around 8:10 PM local time during a performance by Seattle bass music DJ and producer SHARPS. The breakdown allegedly occurred due to the structure not being properly secured. The attendee is said to have suffered a forehead cut and other minor injuries.
Das Energi promoter V2 Presents has issued a statement via their Facebook page indicating that all ticket holders on the festival grounds at present will be given reentry wristbands, allowing them to stay in their vehicles until the harsh weather subsides. When Selector reached out to V2 associate they denied that the tower had not been properly staked, claiming that the organizers could not have foreseen that the structure would have to endure 70 MPH winds.
We will update this developing story as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: As of 11:00 PM PST on August 18th, 2018, V2 Presents has reopened the festival to ticket holders except for beach areas, whose safety has been compromised by wet conditions. The attendee has been released with no serious injuries.