The Waterbomb Festival, which was scheduled to take place in Osaka, has been canceled due to a staff member’s fatal accident.
On the 14th of July, the Waterbomb Festival announced through its official website, “Due to an accident that occurred during the installation process at the Osaka venue, we will suspend the event. We apologize to the audience who have been waiting. We will take responsibility and make efforts to prevent a recurrence.”
According to local media reports, at around 11:10 am on the 14th, during a rehearsal, a water cannon spraying at a speed of 120 km/h directly hit the head of Staff Member A (40) who was conducting a check. A was transferred to the hospital but unfortunately succumbed to the injuries, identified as brain trauma resulting from facial injuries. Japanese police are currently investigating whether there was any work-related negligence leading to this incident.
Waterbomb is a festival that combines K-pop performances with water play. The Osaka performance, originally scheduled for the 15th and 16th, was set to feature artists such as Jay Park, 2PM’s Nichkhun and Jun. K, MAMAMOO, and Kwon Eunbi.
May his soul rest in peace.
**editor’s notice: a previous version of the article stated the festival has been canceled in the entirety of Japan, this has since been corrected to reflect the festival cancelation in Osaka specifically.