Storm forces tens of thousands of fans to flee Festival d'été de Québec
Imagine Dragons set cut short as winds topped 90 km/h in the Plains of Abraham
The Festival d'été du Quebec on the Plains of Abraham was cut short Saturday night due to a violent thunderstorm.
Tens of thousands of fans were left disappointed as the headline act, Imagine Dragons, was forced to interrupt their set after just two songs.
In a Tweet, the group told Quebec to stay safe.
"We're so sorry the storm cut the set short and hope you all got out OK. We'll be back soon, we promise."
The group played it's most famous song, Believer, 15 minutes ahead of schedule knowing a severe storm watch was in effect and the show may be stopped.
QUEBEC*** stay safe. we're so sorry the storm cut the set short and hope you all got out ok. we'll be back soon, we promise. <a href="https://twitter.com/FestivalEteQc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FestivalEteQc</a> pc:<a href="https://twitter.com/showbizznet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@showbizznet</a> <a href="https://t.co/Tp4ik3TUtq">pic.twitter.com/Tp4ik3TUtq</a>—@Imaginedragons
Singer Dan Reynolds announced he had to leave the scene due to weather conditions, though the storm didn't seem to bother him. He had stripped off his shirt and was singing in the rain.
During a brief interruption, he walked among the crowd and spoke with festival-goers in the minutes leading up to the show's complete cancellation.
It took some time to evacuate the site.
One man was injured during the evacuation when he impaled himself on a fence. Paramedics say the man's life isn't in danger and he was conscious as he was taken to hospital.
The last time a show was cancelled at the festival due to weather was the Foo Fighters in 2015.
The festival has a policy of cancelling shows if wind speeds exceed 85 km/h. In a statement, organizers say wind was blowing at 90 km/h last night on the plains.
Some bands and musicians did get a chance to perform before the festival was brought to a screeching halt. Among them was British musician Bishop Briggs and the band Kongos.
Both performances raised the spirits of the thousands of music lovers in the audience, but then, 25 minutes before Imagine Dragons took the stage, festival organizers told fans to prepare to leave the show early.
With files from Radio-Canada