Extreme weather wrecks Norwegian pop star's gig
High winds hit Norway at the weekend causing damage and chaos across much of the South West, including forcing music legend Åge Aleksandersen to cancel mid-show on Saturday night.
Famous Norwegian artist Åge Aleksandersen performed only one hour of his concert at the summer party in Viste before he had to quit the stage due to bad weather, reported “Rogalands Avis".
Aleksandersen said he was worried for his audience's safety.
After the first song, the Norwegian music legend joked about the murky weather forecast for the evening. Aleksandersen quipped: “My mother just called me. She said they issued a tsunami warning for this area, but here we just have nice weather.”
60 minutes later the pop star was forced to leave the stage and stop his show owing to extreme high winds.
A second music festival was abandoned in Bore. At the “Lydbølger” festival three revellers are brought to hospital with slight injuries, said “Stavanger Aftenblad”.
Per Vervik, concert manager at “Lydbølger”, said to “Rogalands Avis”: “Some kind of tropical storm came over us. It came incredibly fast and we couldn't have foreseen it. We had no other choice than to cancel [the concert].”
Chaos at the Bore festival, Jæren, on Saturday. Photo: Magnar Larsen / NTB scanpix
The promoter had to work frantically to book buses and other transport to the area to pick up people and take them to safety while the storm raged on.
Vervik said: “It's now all about getting people safely inside their houses. We work as hard as we can to resolve this situation.”
Altogether the extreme weather saw 2,300 people evacuated from the two festivals, confirmed police in Rogaland.
Forty-two wind records were set in Rogaland, Hordaland and Sogn & Fjordane over the weekend, NRK reported.
According to the Meteorological Institute of Norway, a storm early in August is unusual. For this reason the extreme weather resulted in 20 wind records being set in Hordaland and Rogaland alone.
Meteorologist Martin Granerød told NTB on Sunday: “The extreme weather was as powerful as forecast. All together thirteen wind records were set in Hordaland for August, and seven wind records in Rogaland. The weather has calmed down in both areas during the morning hours, while there is still full and partially heavy storms at the coast of Sogn & Fjordane.”