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Man commits suicide at Swell Season concert


​A man jumped from a roof onto the stage during a Swell Season concert in Saratoga, Calif., on Thursday night in an apparent suicide, according to news reports and witnesses.

Glen Hansard had just finished a song and was engaging in some chatter with the band's guitarist when an unidentified concert goer jumped from the rooftop of Saratoga Mountain Winery, west of San Jose, leaving behind his friend who had come with him, according to Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Rick Sung.

The man jumped off near the lighting rig and landed on the stage a few feet away from Glen Hansard, who walked over for a few minutes before eventually vacating the stage with former sweetheart Markéta Irglová and the rest of the band. Sung told SF Weekly that paramedics and a doctor who was in the audience tried to revive the man with CPR for over an hour, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Swell Season, best known for Hansard and Irglová's romantic interplay captured in the 2006 movie, "Once," has released a statement: "The band, crew and all involved with them are shocked and saddened by the unfortunate events of last night. Their hearts go out to the victim and his friends and family."

Some fans and concert attendees have taken to Twitter to express their shock. Sundaydinner writes,
"was enjoying a concert. The last thing I expected was to see someone fall/jump to their death on stage. Still shocked and numb."

--Margaret Wappler

Photo: Swell Season performing at the Hollywood Bowl in July. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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Maybe that was his critique of the music. If you're playing and someone commits suicide during your set, maybe you should consider the quality of the performance.

This has to be one of the craziest live music performance stories I have heard of in a long time. I cannot imagine the shock that must of been felt by Hansard and the other performers. It is a wonder no one else got injured. It sounds like security was very lax. How else would someone be able to climb onto a roof top that is so close to the stage (?)

I attend many concerts. Usually they are of the indie or alternative genre and security is always paramount in the mind of the venue. I am wondering if security matters tend to get shuffled to one side when the act is as mellow as Swell Season. On the other hand some times unfortunate things just happen that no one can prevent.



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