Lead Singer of UK Pop Band Leaps to Death at Belgian Festival
[lastfm]Charles Haddon[/lastfm], lead singer of the up-and-coming UK synth pop trio [lastfm]Ou Est Le Swimming Pool[/lastfm], has died after apparently jumping from a telephone mast behind the stage at Belgian music festival Pukkelpop Friday night, NME reports.
Haddon, 22, apparently climbed up the mast, situated above a parking lot, following his band’s performance at the festival. Police are calling the death a suicide. The organizers of Pukkelpop, which is situated in the eastern town of Hasselt, released a statement confirming the death and expressed their condolences to Haddon’s family and friends.
[lastfm] Ou Est Le Swimming Pool[/lastfm] had a promising career ahead of them after a successful debut in 2009. The band’s single ‘Dance the Way I Feel’ reached No. 10 on the UK singles chart. The band also supported fellow UK pop act La Roux on tour. A debut full-length, ‘Christ Died for Our Synths,’ was to be released this October, and the band had a headlining UK tour scheduled. It is not known yet whether the band will hold the album or release it as planned.
Haddon’s death is the second tragedy at Pukkelpop this year, and one of several in a tumultuous summer for music festivals on both sides of the pond.
On Thursday, [lastfm]Michael Been[/lastfm], the leader of ’80s alt rock band [lastfm]the Call[/lastfm], and lately the sound engineer for his son’s band [lastfm]Black Rebel Motorcycle Club[/lastfm], died of a massive heart attack while backstage at BRMC’s Pukkelpop show. He was 60.
Another suicide occurred at a concert this week. Michael Edward Pickels, 32, climbed onto the roof of the stage at a [lastfm]Swell Season[/lastfm] concert at Saratoga Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA, and jumped to his death, landing on the stage near [lastfm]Swell Season[/lastfm]’s Glen Hansard. Both Hansard and his bandmate Marketa Irglova have expressed their condolences and thoughts about the tragedy on their respective Twitter accounts. SF Weekly reports that the victim was under considerable stress: he was out of jail on $150,000 bail and was facing charges of “assault with a firearm, domestic violence and false imprisonment.”
On Aug. 2, Curtis Alan DeForest, a 26-year-old from Wichita, Kan., died while attending a Vans Warped Tour event in Bonner Springs, Kan. DeForest was taken to hospital at some point during the festival and later died. Though details were sketchy, Warped Tour organizers put out an announcement about the death that included a caution about staying hydrated in the hot festival conditions, which led some to believe DeForest died of dehydration.
As of writing, a cause of death has still not been released to the public. Many have speculated that high water prices at the event discouraged concertgoers from drinking enough.
In July, an overcrowded tunnel leading to the entrance of the Love Parade festival in Duisburg, Germany led to the deaths of 21 people and injured upwards of 500 others. Festival organizers had opened only one entrance to the festival, which saw an estimated 1.4 million attendees over the course of the weekend. As police tried to direct some of the crowd back out of the festival grounds, panic set in inside the tunnel. The festival continued as planned, but an investigation into what exactly went wrong is under way.
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