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Joana Sainz Garcia: Spanish performer killed by exploding pyrotechnic

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Joana Sainz Garcia was a singer and dancer with the Super Hollywood Orchestra group

A Spanish dancer died after being hit by an exploding pyrotechnic during a live performance at a concert.

Joana Sainz Garcia, 30, was performing with the Super Hollywood Orchestra group at a venue near Madrid when the incident happened.

A stage pyrotechnic device exploded near the singer, knocking her unconscious, at about 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday.

Paramedics took Ms Sainz to hospital, where she was later confirmed dead.

Around 1,000 spectators were watching the performance, in the town of Las Berlanas, north-west of Madrid.

Footage posted to social media purportedly shows the moment the firework exploded, causing Ms Sainz to collapse on the ground.

A doctor and a nurse who were in the crowd attempted to help the singer before paramedics arrived, El Diario Montanes reported.

Ms Sainz, from Santander, was reportedly the main dancer and choreographer for the Super Hollywood Orchestra, a 15-member group including singers, musicians and dancers.

The group was hired to close the four-day festival in Las Berlanas.

The promoter for the group, Prones 1SL, told El Norte de Castilla the “regrettable” incident appeared to have been caused by a manufacturing failure.

Isidro Lopez, owner of Prones 1SL, told local media the group used pyrotechnics in previous performances without incident.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Prones 1SL said: “The whole Prones family, partners, artists, friends, collaborators are very sad and dismayed by the loss of our companion and friend Joana Sainz.”

The local government of Las Berlanas, which organised the festival, paid tribute to Ms Sainz on Facebook. “RIP Johan Sainz. You are in our memory,” it wrote in a post.



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Lewis Capaldi and Emeli Sandé to perform at BBC Sports Personality in Aberdeen

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Lewis Capaldi will perform in Aberdeen on 15 December

Scottish music stars Lewis Capaldi and Emeli Sandé will play at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards show in Aberdeen.

Chart-topper Capaldi will sing some of his biggest hits during the performance on Sunday, 15 December.

Sandé, who was raised in Aberdeenshire, returns to the show after starring at the 2012 event in London.

A final batch of tickets went on sale on Friday after those released initially sold out in five minutes.

Capaldi will cap a spectacular year in which his album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent followed the success of his first single Someone You Loved.

Sandé achieved her first number one single in 2011 with Read All About It, which she performed at Sports Personality seven years ago. She has recently released her third album, Real Life.

Along with Capaldi, she will perform in front of a 10,000-strong crowd and millions more watching at home.

Ticket holders will also be treated to pre-show entertainment before the main programme goes live on BBC One at 19:00 GMT. Hosted by comedian Des Clarke, it will feature singer Nina Nesbitt and the best of CBBC young performers including Rio Donkin, the winner of CBBC’s Got What it Takes?

Tickets cost £45 plus administration fees and can be purchased from https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/