Musical festivals are incredible. They allow you to see a variety of artists you like for one relatively “low” cost, and they can introduce you to some new artists that you may not have known of before. Music festivals are meant to be fun and positive experiences for the artist and for the music festival goer, but unfortunately, they can be tragic.
French singer, Barbara Weldens, passed away while performing on stage at a music festival in France. Festival Léo Ferré was held in the Lot region in southwest France this July and housed a multitude of acts on stage. Weldens was performing when she collapsed on stage and was shortly pronounced dead from cardiac arrest, though the actual cause of death is unknown.
A French newspaper, La Depeche, noted that Weldens often performed barefoot and may have touched an electric device that was live, thus leading to electrocution. It was also noted that there were thunder storms happening in the area at the time. According to the Metro, Weldens’ death ‘provoked a very lively emotion among the spectators.’
Police have opened an investigation into the cause of death, and they will analyze any and all images and videos taken on the night to help with inquiries. The festival was canceled after Weldens’ death and organizers have paid tribute saying: “A radiant woman, full of energy and talent, and of course, we think of her friends and loved ones.”
Weldes was born in Herault and grew up in the circus. She was reportedly influenced by Jacques Brel and won the young talent award at the 2016 Jacques Brel festival. She was also awarded the accolade of Prix Revelation Scene by the Academic Charles-Cros in 2016.
On February 3rd, 2017, Weldens released her first studio album, Le grand H de l’homme (Man with a capital H), which had been well received by critics. One reviewer wrote that it was a “coherent, profound, [and] powerful whole.”
On her last Facebook post, fans have left their tributes, prayers, and thoughts. Wildens was only 35 at the time of her passing. Our thoughts remain with her loved ones.
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