A sold-out show was turned to chaos tonight when a VIP platform collapsed at Stockholm’s Globe Arena during the opening song of Swedish superstar Avicii.

One fan was* clinging for life and officials have said that countless others are currently being treated for injuries following the incident, which saw more than 30 people plummet around four-metres to the ground.

Tim Bergling had just taken to the stage, opening with universal anthem ‘Levels’ for his first of three performances at the Globe Arena.

We watched from five-metres away in shock as fans as young as thirteen clung to railings opposite while others struggled to grab hold of their friends and loved ones as the Swede opened with his universal anthem ‘Levels’. Panic then ensued as security guards attempted to make sense of the commotion, though due to the nature of the event it was not immediately apparent what was going on amid the screaming and shoving.

Having already attempted to put barriers up in the area prior to the incident, the guards were able to take control of the situation and evacuate the platform without any further casualties, promptly closing all of the VIP platforms and diverting attendees to safety. The show then rightly continued in order to prevent any order panic.

We send our deepest regards and condolences to those involved and affected by this incident and sincerely hope that there are no fatalities.

*Update: Just confirmed that the critically injured girl is alive and well, and everyone involved will be okay.

What you can see in the video below occurred following notable commotion and screaming from the area.

0:00 – Avicii – Levels starts
1:21 – Footage around 10-20 seconds after the collapse showing the guards that already ahead of the incident were on site attempting to seperate the crowdy area with the assistance of barriers.
1:48 – David Guetta & Avicii – Sunshine w/ Florence & The Machine – Spectrum (Acappella) starts

The scheduled evening show for 18+ was cancelled but Saturday’s show is still on. Those with tickets for the second show on Friday night should stick with their tickets as a new show will be planned to make up for this.

For full re-cap of the night, click here.

Words by Dan Carter

32 Comments to “Platform collapse during Avicii gig at Globe Arena, Stockholm”

  • Sjukt!
    Kommer det komma tracklist från eftermiddagens/kvällens spelning?
    Förstår om det inte gör det på tanke om åldern!

  • Sad to read that :(

  • @abudlla kekosa Varför skulle man inte få tracklist bara p.g.a. av att det var en minderårig konsert om jag får fråga?

  • abdulla kekosa: Tracklists for all sets from tonight will be coming up as usual. The track list for Henrik B’s after party that is due to start in an hour will also be included :)

  • How deep was it?

  • holy shit those guards put those bariers around the scene fast!

    Seeing all those kids jumping and suddenly dozens are missing, terrible! Must be a nightmare for those kids and their parents. Best wishes!

  • What a tragedy. I feel sorry for the 13+ olds who probably had the time of their lives and also Avicii, both don’t deserve something like this.

    (you’re going to ambassadeur tonight and making video footage?

  • It was really horrible.. I was lucky and didn’t fall down into the hole, but I saw other people falling down and screaming for help.. I only hope they will be okay. Otherwise, it was a good concert!

  • boucher: As mentioned in the text, we estimate the depth to have been about 4 metres.

    Ruben: They were already trying to separate the crowd with barriers when this happened. So basically they were aware of the situation but didn’t get there in time. Props to the guards for acting very organized.

  • Such a horrible thing to happen! I went down to the dance floor just before the collapse but had friends that fell down, hope they´ll be alright! Too bad that these things have to take place, the incident ruined many peoples experience!

  • Ni måste fatta när ni går till överdrift med ert skrivande grabbar. Ibland blir det bara för larvig…i denna text menar jag den s mening, herregud:

    “We watched from five-metres away in shock as fans as young as thirteen clung for their lives to railings opposite while others struggled to grab hold of their friends and loved ones as the chart-topping Swede opened with his universal anthem ‘Levels’.”

    För många adjektiv…alltså jag orkar inte ens gå in på drt. Superb blogg o bra att ni uppdaterar men fan vad ni överdriver med engelskan

    /Universitetsstuderande i just eng

  • Herregud att du orkar klaga!
    Kan slå vad om att du själv inte skulle gjort bättre med att hinna alla dessa poster dagligen!

  • public goes crazy!

  • Aw, they looks so cute when they’re jumping like little pandas! Feel bad for the kids though, hope they’ll be okay :(

  • Så onödig och löjlig kommentar Ase…
    Körde Avicii klart hela spelningen förresten?

  • [...] people are being treated for injuries, one of them in serious condition, according to music blog Beat My Day. According to the Web site, concert-goers shoved and screamed, causing security to shut down [...]

  • Olof: Yes, det gjorde han. Väldigt smart med tanke på den panik det hade blivit om han hade slutat..

  • [...] to music blog Beat My Day, six people are currently being treated for injuries, one of them in serious condition. The site [...]

  • aaaaw….i had hope that something will smash avicii out of dj booth. ddamn. false alarm

  • Tråkigt det som hänt.
    Men kan säga så här. är oerhört förvånad att dem ställer in det på grund av ett hål som kan vara max 5×2 meter som det ser ut. Att en yta för typ 40 pers ska påverka en hel konsert.

  • @Mattias
    Det var antagligen polisens tekniska utredning som orsakade det…

    Angående olyckan är det tråkigt att globen begår en sån dundertabbe, i övrigt var spelningen riktigt mäktig och stora props till avicii som drar ihop en show för minderåriga när efterfrågan är så stor men många arrangörer inte orkar!

  • @ Mattias:

    lmao that must be one of the most clueless comments made. OFCOURSE shit gets cancelled! First off all, the VIP decks were apparently not counted for so many jumping people. Therefore they can not guarantee 100% safety for the other concert.

  • hemskt! tycker timpa och gänget hanterar det bra ändå..

    anyways, boys ni borde fixa en app!! vore stört bra! @Anton???

  • fettan: Det är på väg :)

  • Zsíííííír a buli… :D DDD:D:D:D

  • Brecht: A big, national television in Sweden used it as well :)

  • Varför i helvete smäller ni upp en post om det här lilla hålet som gav cirkus 10 pers benbrott? kan nämna minst 3 housefestivaler de senaste tre åren där folk dött men ett avicii-hål skapar tydligen större rubriker! Haha, nu är jag extremt bitter här men jag är tvungen att fråga… är det för att ni hade tur med platserna och fick bra live-footage?

    Btw.. vad heter låten som spelas när plattformen ger vika?

  • stefan: Vi stod precis där så kändes väldigt relevant.

    Den heter Levels.

  • Stefan: hahahahhHhhahahahha sjukt att du kan nämna tre housefestivaler där folk dött men att du inte känner igen/vet namnet på låten levels. tycker killarna gjorde helt rätt i att skriva om detta, förstår att det måste vart en hemsk situation. 30 personer ramlade drygt 5 meter ner och hamnade på varandra. att de flesta av de personerna var under 18 gjorde nog inte saken bättre vilket du kanske förstår. jag märkte dock inte alls något av detta utan fick reda på det först när spelningen var slut!

  • [...] to music blog Beat My Day, six people are currently being treated for injuries, one of them in serious condition. The site [...]

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