Foo Fighters 'symbolic' return to storm hit festival


Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters are to return to Belgium's Pukkelpop festival, a year after four fans died when the event was hit by violent storms.

The US rockers were supposed to play last year before it was cancelled.

More than 70 people were injured when staging collapsed and giant screens fell as the storm struck Hasselt in August 2011.

Organisers have described their re-booking as a "meaningful, symbolic gesture".

Festival returns

The band will close this year's three-day festival which takes place between 16-18 August.

Also playing this year's festival are The Stone Roses, The Black Keys, Björk, Bloc Party and Hot Chip.

A statement from the festival released last year said the event would come back in its "original form" in 2012.

It continued: "Three days, eight stages, a mixture of the best bands, DJs and sideshows of the moment combined with a distinctive focus on artists of tomorrow."

A government report published at the end of September 2011 said that what happened in August was a "natural disaster".

It meant organisers were cleared of any blame, but also meant the damage incurred by the event and festival-goers was not covered by insurance.

As compensation organisers have announced they're offering food and drink vouchers for the next three years of the event to those fans affected by the cancellation.

Further details about this year's line-up and tickets will be announced in the next few weeks.