Offbeat The Biggest Concert Disasters Ever

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Caused by fires, stampedes, stage collapses and even homicide, the biggest concert disasters ever unfortunately caused hundreds of deaths throughout the years. Despite tight security and the best intentions, these concertgoers paid the ultimate price to see their favorite performers at these unfavorable events.

The summer of 2011 was especially deadly for outdoor concerts when at least 11 deaths occurred within a matter of days at two separate stage collapses. On August 13, 2011, the stage at the Indiana State Fair took six lives while five more were lost five days later at the Pukkelpop Festival.

While these deaths were weather related, others were later ruled criminal. Pantera fans will never forget the 2004 show in which guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott was shot while performing on stage with the band Damageplan in Ohio. Years earlier, at a free Rolling Stones concert in 1969, another man was killed after he was stabbed by a security guard.

Sadly, the concert disasters and deaths don't end there as numerous others were killed in nightclub fires and stampedes. Whatever the cause, these unfortunate events have claimed entirely too many lives and injured far too many as well. 

What are the worst concert disasters ever? Take a look here to see the sad stories.

2017 Fyre Festival Was A Complete Disaster


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Fyre Festival, put on by rapper Ja Rule and millionaire Billy McFarland, was supposed to be this amazing VIP experience for the mega wealthy. The cheapest ticket to the festival cost $1,200, but complete VIP packages could cost up to $12,000. It promised to be the best of the best - amazing food, great accommodations on a private island in the Bahamas, and a pretty great line-up of musical artists.

Except none of that happened. When guests arrived, they found make-shift tents, definitely non-gourmet food, and mass confusion. People spent days trying to get off the island, and one man even sued the pair for $100 million

2016 Pulse Nightclub Massacre


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Fifty people were murdered and 53 others were injured in the worst mass shooting in American history. During gay pride month in 2016, a 29-year-old ISIS sympathizer entered Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Florida and began shooting club-goers in cold blood. After more than three hours and an intense exchange of fire with police, the suspect was finally killed. The tragedy rocked the entire nation, especially the LGTB community, which was brutally targeted for the horrible and tragic massacre.

2017 Brazil Stage Collapse


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On December 17, 2017, at the Atmosphere dance festival in Esteio, Brazil, a stage collapsed during a performance by DJ Kaleb Freitas. The stage's scaffolding disassembled, possibly due to the strong winds, and Freitas was struck by the debris. He was later pronounced dead in a hospital, while other attendees were treated for injuries. 

2016 Shooting at T.I. Concert


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In May of 2016, T.I. was set a headline a concert at Irving Plaza in New York when shots were fired. The shooting left three wounded and one person dead. According to police, the trouble started in the VIP area above the stage. The animosity between the rival crews of a rapper named Troy Ave and hip hop artist Maino (who was on stage at the time of the shooting) came to a head before T.I. could take the stage. The shooting caused pandemonium in the crowd, as the audience fled. Troy Ave was among those shot. He was taken to the hospital with a leg injury and listed in stable condition.