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Stage collapse at Belgian music festival, three confirmed dead

A stage has collapsed at the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium, killing at least three people.

Jared Leto, lead singer with 30 Seconds to Mars was due to headline on the collapsed stage later tonight.
Jared Leto, lead singer with 30 Seconds to Mars was due to headline on the collapsed stage later tonight.

Updated at 20:45

A STAGE HAS collapsed at the annual Belgian music festival, Pukkelpop, and at least three people have died.

The mayor of the town of Hasselt, where the festival is held each year, confirmed two of the deaths earlier this evening but reports emerging from Belgium have said that at least three festival-goers have been killed. Another 71  have been injured, another official has said.

NME is reporting that the stage was destroyed by falling trees during severe storms.

The situation is still unfolding at the festival’s location about 80km east of Brussels. Earlier media reports had suggested that four people were feared dead.

NME said the rest of the night’s schedule will more-than-likely be called off. Rap star Eminem is due to headline the concert tomorrow night.

Jared Leto, lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, was due to headline on the collapsed stage later tonight. He has just tweeted:

Serious injuries at the festival. More bad weather poss heading this way. Please take care and caution.

About 60,000 people were expected to attend the three-day music event.

More to follow…

-Additional reporting by AP

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