After a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair over the weekend, killing 5 people and injuring dozens more, Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum have cancelled their appearances at the fair. Fair officials announced on Monday that both acts had cancelled in the wake of the tragedy.
Jackson was scheduled to perform at the fair Wednesday night, and Lady Antebellum was scheduled for Friday. Thursday’s concert, featuring a double bill of Maroon 5 and Train, will go on, but at a different location. Still, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine commented that he had some reservations about playing at the fair so soon after the incident.
“It just doesn’t seem like the right sort of atmosphere, you know? It’ll probably take some time to heal. It’s such a tragedy,” he said. He added that the band is hoping to also perform a benefit show at a different locale for the families of the victims, but is still working out details.
A memorial service was held on Monday to honor the victims from the weekend. On Saturday, 60-70mph winds knocked over a stage, sending 45 people to local hospitals and killing 5 people. The incident occurred 30 minutes after Sara Bareilles’ set, just moments before Sugarland was scheduled to perform.