Pukkelpop Festival will return in 2012

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The embattled Pukkelpop Festival has announced that it will return in 2012, despite the horrific events that took place at this year’s proceedings.

In August this year, five people were killed and over 140 injured at the Belgian festival when violent storms struck and caused the collapse of one of the eight stages.

Since then, the festival has been embroiled in legal disputes. An investigation into the event cleared the festival organisers of liability in light of the exceptional weather conditions, however considerable financial losses threw into doubt the possibility for the festival’s return.

As restitution for the 2011 attendees, the festival organisers are offering a food and drink voucher scheme which is explained on their website – though organisers are asking that in support of the festival, Pukkelpoppers chose not to use some, or all, of their vouchers.

However, the festival has declared that “Pukkelpop will be Pukkelpop”, and will return in its original form. The 2012 edition is scheduled for August 16-18.

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