Backwoods Music Festival 2018
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The final hours of Backwoods Music Festival were canceled after a sightseeing helicopter went down earlier tonight with attendees from the festival onboard.


Update June 3 at 3pm PT: 40/29 News has officially confirmed that three people were killed in the helicopter crash, and one is in critical condition. The pilot, Chuck Dixon, and passengers Sarah Hill and Marco Ornelas were the names released of those who passed.

Although a storm rolled through in the evening on Sunday, an official factor of what led to the crash has yet to be determined. We’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest developments.


Update June 3 at 2am PT: The Festive Owl is reporting an update that two fatalities have been confirmed surrounding the downed helicopter at Backwoods Music Festival.


Earlier: After a weekend full of sets from artists like REZZ and Space Jesus, Backwoods Music Festival has canceled the final hours as a sightseeing helicopter that was carrying attendees went down nearby. First reported missing around 8pm CDT, the helicopter had not returned and an ongoing search began for the pilot and passengers.

40/29 News has reported that Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen stated the helicopter has been found and several injuries were reported. Emergency medical services and the sheriff’s office are on the scene at the festival as well.

Prior to the helicopter being found, organizers stopped the event and canceled the remaining sets that included a performance by G Jones and Zeds Dead. The Festive Owl also shared a video from inside Backwoods in which the festival organizers informed attendees of the situation that was unfolding.



G Jones, Minnesota, and attendees at the festival have also taken to Twitter after the news first broke of the helicopter going down.

Stay tuned as this story continues to develop. Our thoughts are with everyone at Backwoods Music Festival.

h/t: 4029 News & The Festive Owl


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Grant has been listening to electronic dance music since the early 2000s. Actively involved in the EDM community, Grant is an admin for the EDC & Coachella subreddits and their Facebook groups. Previously he has been part of several EDM startups and promotion companies such as Shamele55, Electric State of Mind and Q-Dance. Originally listening to trance artists such as ATB, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold, Grant has expanded his listening experience to include a full set of genres ranging from hardstyle to deep house and has been regularly attending both festivals and club events since 2010.

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