July 30, 2017

"A huge fire at a music festival in Spain forced the evacuation of over 20,000 concertgoers and incinerated the event's stage in Barcelona..."

"The fire Saturday night consumed the large outdoor stage at the 'Tomorrowland' electronic music festival held at Barcelona's Parc de Can Zam. Twelve firefighting units needed around an hour to extinguish the flames just before midnight" (NYT).
Video images show the fire starting at the top of a tall temporary structure erected on the stage where a large screen showed a performer signing. The towering flames quickly spread until they engulfed the entire stage.
Here's video, showing the fire from the beginning:



Top-rated comment: "Recording in portrait format you dumb idiot."

Second-highest-rated, this combination: "Nice..I liked it..I hate tomorrow land.."/"tomorrowland hates you."

18 comments:

Laslo Spatula said...

Great White wasn't even performing there.

I am Laslo.

Laslo Spatula said...

MaybeProdigy?

I am Laslo.

Fernandinande said...

I know someone who was at the Smoke On The Water fire.

JAORE said...

The fire was interesting.

Concerts/festivals where you are jammed among 30,000 of your closest friends and can only see the acts by looking at a Jumbotron are not.

Not to mention the quality of the music.

But I was THERE man....

Birkel said...

I saw Burning Stage Inferno open for Kid Rock at the Grandview Amphitheater in 2007.

madAsHell said...

Tomorrowland?
Isn't it funny how utopia always ends up looking like Detroit?....and doesn't Disneyland own the Tomorrowland brand?

EDH said...

Maybe Spain can combine that event with the running of the bulls?

Curious George said...

"Fernandinande said...
I know someone who was at the Smoke On The Water fire."

Did he see Funky Claude running in and out?

Michael K said...

Kind of a metaphor for the future under Democrats and McCain, eh ?

Fernandinande said...

Curious George said...
Did he see Funky Claude running in and out?


Dunno. She - in some sort of high school in Geneva - said people were shooting bottle rocket(s), tho that article says a flare gun.

tcrosse said...

Presumably if you film in landscape mode, time and events move sideways instead of forward and backward as in portrait.

William said...

It's good that they evacuated the area without panic. My first thought upon seeing that fire would have been ferrorist attack and my exit would not have been orderly.

Ann Althouse said...

Why doesn't YouTube offer a format that lets you upload in portrait format, so that it's displayed as large as a video in landscape and is framed without black bars at the sides.

When you take still photographs, you turn the camera either way, and if you upload them to, say, Flickr, you can then embed them in a frame with no black bars and in exactly the same size.

Why doesn't YouTube make that possible rather than making people look stupid for choosing to frame video that way? It's not a movie theater or a television!

mockturtle said...

What a shame! /sarc

tcrosse said...

Why doesn't YouTube offer a format that lets you upload in portrait format, so that it's displayed as large as a video in landscape and is framed without black bars at the sides.

This entails cutting off content from the top and bottom. TV stations face this problem when showing videos submitted by viewers. They had a similar problem fitting wide-screen movies onto the old 4:3 TV format. The choice was either letterbox (bars at top and bottom) or pan-and-scan, neither satisfactory.

Fernandinande said...

tcrosse said...
This entails cutting off content from the top and bottom.


I think she meant: show the video at its original size and orientation in a vertical window, as with still photographs, rather than fitting it to a horizontal window for no apparent reason.

Google generates a surprising amount of fairly crappy software.

Ann Althouse said...

Yes, as I said in my comment, I'm not talking about TV screens and movie screens, which are a particular aspect. I'm talking about a frame within an internet page. It could be programmed to accept the vertical aspect, just as still photos can be displayed however they are shot.

exiledonmainstreet said...

"Dunno. She - in some sort of high school in Geneva - said people were shooting bottle rocket(s), tho that article says a flare gun."

It was some stupid with a flare gun.