HORRIFIED festival-goers have told how it was like “walking into a movie” after one person was killed when the main stage collapsed.
A 22-year-old man was killed during the chaotic scenes in the early hours of the morning.
Organisers of the electronic dance event have been force to cancel the rest of the gig, blaming “adverse and unexpected weather conditions”.
Jordi Mora, 22, recalled mayhem erupted as the weather took a turn.
He told El Pais: “When I left I saw the chaos. It was like walking into a movie.
“For five minutes, there was a kind of hurricane of the four elements: wind, rain, sand and a lot of heat.”
Two other revellers, Andrés Velasco and Raúl Jiménez, decided to ditch the rest of the festival, which French DJ David Guetta was due to perform at today, before it was cancelled.
Andrés, 22, said: “I don’t want to have a memory of this. We were at the festival for 40 minutes.
“We were at the main stage. As soon as we arrived, the loudspeakers began to move and we were scared.”
Dozens of people were hurt, with three remaining in hospital after suffering serious trauma injuries, it is reported.
Local reports described one as a 19-year-old who had suffered a fractured spine and another a 20-year-old believed to have a broken pelvis.
Several other heavy metallic structures, including the entrance billboard, are reported to have come down in the storm that brought about the chaos at the five-day festival in the town of Cullera.
Gusts are said to have reached around 51mph.
The event, which was due to attract around 320,000 revellers across the long weekend, was evacuated at around 4am.
Footage of the drama showed panicked people trying to take refuge as a sandstorm engulfed the concert area, as well as police attending to one of the victims lying on the ground.
An investigation by local Civil Guard was today underway and is expected to focus on whether a lack of proper planning could have caused the tragedy.
DJ David Guetta, Steve Aoki and Afrojack had been announced as some of the headline acts at this year’s festival – the first since the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Guetta, who has over 10 million albums and 65 million single sales globally, was due to perform today.
DJ Miguel Serna was on the main stage for his 3am till 4am set when the tragedy unfolded.
“It was a tense few minutes, I’ve never experienced anything like it before,” he wrote in an Instagram story.
“The tragedy happened just at the end of my session on the main stage, just below it, which was the most affected (area). It was a few moments of horror, I am still in shock.”
Organisers said they were “completely devastated and saddened, as they said “extraordinary” weather conditions had caused damage to various infrastructure on the festival site.
They said: “At around four in the morning unexpected and violent strong winds destroyed certain areas of the festival, forcing management to make the immediate decision to vacate the concert area to guarantee the safety of attendees, workers and artists.”
Bosses have since confirmed they have pulled the plug on the rest of the event.
They added: “The safety of those attending our events as well as workers and artists has always been an absolute priority for us.
“We believe you all know the most important thing for us is to protect you in each one of our events.
“For that reason we have taken the decision to cancel our festival.
“The adverse and unexpected weather conditions it is anticipated will continue throughout the day leave us with no choice but to put a premature end to our 2022 edition.”
Cops have confirmed a 22-year-old died as a result of the incident.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard in Valencia said: “Due to a strong gust of wind the main entrance and main stage of the Medusa Festival in Cullera have collapsed.
“A man aged 22 has died.
“The festival enclosure was cleared of people and vehicles.The camping area has not had to be evacuated.