According to The Australian, LED ZEPPELIN singer ROBERT PLANT and his band SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS, YES singer JON ANDERSON, SUPERTRAMP frontman ROGER HODGSON, IGGY AND THE STOOGES, SANTANA and STATUS QUO are among the acts confirmed for the 2013 edition of Australia’s 24th Bluesfest being held at Tyagarah Tea Farm in Byron Bay from Thursday, March 28th, until Monday, April 1st.
Bluesfest promoter Pete Noble said he was honoured to have such a prestigious name on the five-day Bluesfest bill over the Easter holiday. Plant will perform on the Saturday night.
“Bringing Robert Plant to Bluesfest is a dream come true,” said Noble, “not just for me, but for the thousands of fans who have been standing by patiently all these years.”
For more details visit Bluesfest.com.au.
According to the Ottawa Business Journal, the main stage collapsed at Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Sunday night around 7:20 p.m., moments after CHEAP TRICK members left the stage due to an intense storm.
CHEAP TRICK was about 20 minutes into its performance, but was able to get off the stage safely. The band posted a message on its Facebook profile later in the evening, “We are SOOOO lucky! Everyone is shaken up but band and crew are all fine. CHEAP TRICK hopes that everyone who attended the show is also OK.” CHEAP TRICK singer Robin Zander later added, “Fortunately the band and crew are all lucky to be alive and we’ll see you down the road. And all the best to our truck driver Sandy.”
Globe And Mail editor Ryan MacDonald, who was at the concert, wrote, “Suddenly the wind whipped up from the west and the storm rolled in. It was a scary moment. People started screaming and crying. The stage was a rectangle and it had scaffolding, three, four storeys high. The wind caught it and blew it backwards. It collapsed like a big tent. It was kind of unreal.”
Video footage of the collapse can be seen below. Photos are available at this location.
“Fire crews and police are checking beneath stage and so far no one found. Appears everyone made it out safely,” the Ottawa fire service wrote on Twitter just before 8 p.m.
Twenty minutes later, the service wrote a second search underneath the canopy confirmed nobody was trapped.
On Twitter, Bluesfest officials said no serious injuries occurred as a result of the collapse, and that remaining programming for the festival is canceled.