Yet another edition of the Wacken Open Air festival concluded this past weekend. While most of the attendees experienced a great weekend of metal, tragedy did struck as one attendee passed away at the German festival.
The emergency medical service on hand gave the following statement via the festival’s website regarding the death:
“At this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, a tragic accident took place on the camping ground. As far as is known now, a festival guest laid down on canvas-covered trailer, where he fell asleep. A power generator was also located underneath the cover and running, filling the space between trailer and canvas with poisonous carbon monoxide. As it appears, the person on the trailer was breathing in this gas and consequently died. After approximately two hours, the friends of the deceased went looking and discovered the lifeless body under the canvas on the trailer. Emergency services and doctor were called immediately, but couldn’t successfully resuscitate the person. The State Attorney has started investigations.”
The Wacken Open Air’s organizers, ICS Festival Service GmbH, gave their condolences via the following statement:
Unfortunately, we have sad news: We were informed by the German Red Cross that there has been a death at the Wacken Open Air 2012. We are shocked and send our condolences to family and friends of the deceased.”
It’s always sad to hear of such tragic turn of events at any festival or music event. Fortunately, though, this appears to be an isolated incident and no one else was harmed.
On a brighter note, though, the Wacken Open Air festival has already announced its first batch of bands confirmed for next year’s edition. Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of this year’s festival, we already know that Anthrax, Deep Purple, Nightwish, Arch Enemy, Amorphis, Sabaton, Doro, Lingua Mortis featuring Rage, and Subway To Sally will be playing the 2013 Wacken Open Air. With more still to be announced, next year’s Wacken Open Air is already looking pretty kick ass. A trailer announcing the first confirmations for next year’s festival can be seen after the jump.