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- Posted on Aug 19th 2011 10:32AM by Dan Reilly
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"Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims," the organizers announced on the festival's site. "Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011.
"What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by all the spontaneous support the festival goers and the organisation have received. We call on all Pukkelpoppers to return home calmly. Extra buses and trains have been organised to bring everybody home."
The sold-out event was hit by the storm just as Chicago's Smith Westerns started their set. The Foo Fighters, the Offspring and Eminem were among the headliners.