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Nick Cave Goes to ER after Falling off Stage in Iceland

Australian rock star Nick Cave had to seek medical attention at the ER of Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík after falling off stage during a concert with The Bad Seeds at the All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) Iceland festival in Keflavík on Saturday evening.

Cave was badly bruised but could leave the hospital after being examined by a physician, reports.

Tómas Young, the festival’s organizer, said his heart stopped for a moment when he watched the rocker take a dive during his performance of ‘Jubilee Street,’ the second song. “But he was back on his feet half a minute later and those who arrived late had no idea that he had taken a fall.”

Cave proved tough enough to carry on with the concert and even extend it to one hour and 45 minutes instead of the planned hour-and¬-a-half.

However, he felt sore after the concert and so the trip to the ER was made. “There were no fractures but he was badly bruised. He was given painkillers and told that he would recover in one to two weeks.”

According to Tómas, Cave fell off a ramp leading down from the stage, designed at the singer’s request so that he could be closer to the audience, and into the pit below.

Tómas added that last weekend’s festival, which has been planned for two years, had proven a great success and that he is hopeful it can be made into an annual event. Between 2,500 and 3,000 people attended the festival.

The concert by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds got a five-star review in Fréttablaðið today.


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