An acrobat fell to his death during a music festival in Madrid on Friday that featured the rock band Green Day. The organizers of the music festival say they decided not to cancel the Green Day's set following the accident "for security reasons." Green Day later wrote on Twitter: "we just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news. A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident." The organizers of the Mad Cool festival expressed their condolences to the acrobat's family in a statement Saturday, saying they "regret the terrible accident."
For all the good vibes and communal spirit, when it comes to environmental sustainability there isn't a great deal to celebrate about the average music festival. As anyone who has gazed upon the aftermath of one can attest, these orgies of consumption typically leave in their wake a trail of plastic cups and dumped tents strewn about a wasteland of churned earth. And that's just the visible impact – there are also the carbon emissions of transporting stage infrastructure, performers, crew and of course fans to the festival site, not to mention the ravenous energy consumption of gigantic light and sound systems often powered by dirty diesel generators. In Australia festivals have been working to clean up their act, from Melbourne's Off the Grid capitalising on the solar power of the summer solstice, to the Byron Bay Surf festival banning plastic, to Victoria's Meredith music festival doing the impossible and creating good out of a festival toilet by using human waste for compost. One of the pacesetters for decades has been the Adelaide leg of Womad (World of Music and Dance), which at the weekend marked its 25th anniversary by inching closer to the realisation of the festival director Ian Scobie's dream party – one without the environmental hangover.
Green Day was not aware that an acrobat had died right before their performance at a music festival in Spain. On Friday, Green Day took over the stage of Madrid's Mad Cool Festival following a tragic accident. An acrobat named Pedro Aunión Monroy fell 100 feet to his death while fans were waiting for the U.S. band to perform. The band later performed their set, unaware that a tragic accident had occured just minutes before they came up, and this resulted to backlash from some attendees. Following their first statement released shortly after the festival, the band has once again clarified what really happened that day.