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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Seven Deadliest Music Festivals

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3. Mawazine Festival: Rabat, Morocco Eleven people died on May 24, 2009, at the annual Mawazine "Rhythms" Festival in Rabat, Morocco. 2009's festival attracted 70,000 attendees at the Hay Nahda stadium. According to reports, during Moroccan pop singer Abdelaziz Stati's performance, "a crowd surging toward an exit apparently brought down a wire fence, setting off the stampede as the concert ended" on the festival's last night, killing eleven people including four men, five women and two children. The world-music festival hosted featured acts such as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Kylie Minogue as just a few of its thousand performers.

2. Wings: Moscow, Russia Two suicide bombers struck the entrance to the Wings festival in suburban Moscow on July 5, 2003, killing 16 people and wounding at least 60 others. About 30,000 fans were in attendance when the first bomb detonated near a ticket booth at 2:45 p.m., ten minutes before the second bomb went off. According to the New York Times, the bombers "were stopped by guards who were searching fans entering the airfield," where the festival was held. One of the bombers was Chechen woman who "had connections to armed groups fighting in Chechnya," a Russian republic. Calling it a terrorist act, Putin said that the act's goal was apparent, "to seed fear, suspicion an ethnic intolerances in our society."

1. Love Parade: Duisburg, Germany The Love Parade claimed 21 victims last year during a panicked stampede inside a tunnel, which police had closed after the electronic-music festival had reached full capacity of an estimated 1.4 million people. Announcements were made for attendees trying to enter the festival to turn around, but it quickly turned into a crushing stampede, according to the New York Daily News. The tunnel was 100 meters long and 16 meters wide, and had no escape routes. Festival organizer Rainer Schaller permanently ended the Love Parade out of respect for the victims.

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