The festival's Chateau stage came down during a severe storm just as Chicago rock band Smith Westerns were about to take the stage.
"Stage collapsed [Max Kakacek] almost got crushed by the tress," Cullen Omori, the band's singer, tweeted right after the incident. "I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our shit is broke."
- He later retracted the tweet about insurance, explaining:
30 Second to Mars singer Jared Leto was also tweeting as the event unfurled:
- Other acts at the festival, such as Seattle's Fleet Foxes, used Twitter to communicate with fans and loved ones:
- Photos from the scene began to roll onto Twitter as well:
- As well as videos: