20,000 flee spectacular fire at Tomorrowland music festival in Barcelona

Firefighters rushed to the Tomorrowland festival in Santa Coloma de Gramenet in northeastern Spain, and eventually managed to extinguish the blaze

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 July, 2017, 4:26pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 July, 2017, 4:26pm

A spectacular fire at a music festival in Spain has forced the evacuation of over 20,000 concertgoers in Barcelona.

Images showed towering flames consuming a large outdoor stage Saturday night at the “Tomorrowland” electronic music festival held at Barcelona’s Parc de Can Zam.

Barcelona firefighters say there were no serious injuries during the concert evacuation. The event’s private security told authorities they treated 20 people for minor injuries or anxiety during the evacuation.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. The “Tomorrowland” website published a statement saying the “stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction.”

The festival in Barcelona was one of several offshoot events of a main “Tomorrowland” festival in Belgium. Organisers say the Barcelona event has been cancelled following the fire.