Nick Cave has shown his true badass rock-star qualities by playing at the iconic Glastonbury music festival despite a badly bruised body. It’s been revealed the Australian rock veteran was taken to hospital following a stage fall in Iceland just a day before his Glastonbury performance.
Cave was performing a rendition of Jubilee Street with his band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Keflavik on Saturday night when he lost his balance and tumbled into a pit below the stage, reports the Iceland Review.
Tomas Young, the festival’s organiser, told the local online news website that his “heart stopped” for a moment when he watched the Aussie rocker take a dive during the second song in the set. According to Young, 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. Despite the fall Cave carried on with the concert and even extended it by an extra 15 minutes, Young said.
Cave was then taken to the emergency department at the Landspitali National University Hospital to receive medical treatment. “There were no fractures but he was badly bruised. He was given painkillers and told that he would recover in one to two weeks,” Young was quoted as saying.
Despite his injuries, the 55-year-old rocker was performing again on stage 24 hours after the accident at the Glastonbury Music Festival on Sunday.