Sugarland, 12 others sued over August stage collapse
Country music duo Sugarland is at the center of a new lawsuit filed by a group of victims stemming from this summer’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 48 victims, 44 who sustained injury and the estates of four victims who died as a result of the collapse. Overall, seven people died as a result of the incident. According to an attorney involved in the case, the lawsuit names 13 defendants in total but focuses on the stipulation in Sugarland’s contract that gave the group the final say on whether to perform or cancel the set due to weather. The collapse led to cancellations from other acts at the fair, including Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum, and the relocation of other performances (Maroon 5) to different stages. It was also one of several deadly, high profile stage collapses due to high winds or storms. In July, several crew members were seriously hurt at the Ottawa Bluesfest when a stage collapsed during a performance by Cheap Trick. A few weeks later, a stage collapsed in Oklahoma during a performance by pscyh-rockers The Flaming Lips. And just days after the Indiana State Fair incident, a stage at Belgium’s Pukkelpop music festival collapsed during a performance by Smith Westerns, killing three.