UPDATE: Man stabbed at music event is ‘poorly but stable’

Three people were stabbed on Blackpool's North Pier during Pier Jam.
Three people were stabbed on Blackpool's North Pier during Pier Jam.
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Police said a man stabbed at a music event in Blackpool is in a ‘poorly but stable’ condition in hospital.

The 23-year-old, from Manchester, was attacked at the Pier Jam gig on the North Pier just before 10.45pm on Saturday night, amid reports of a fight.

Police originally said the victim was 16, but have now confirmed his age as 23 and said that his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening,

Two others, a 30-year-old man from Bradford and a 15-year-old boy from Manchester, were also taken to Royal Preston Hospital with minor stab wounds.

Two men aged 20 and 26 from Manchester have been arrested on suspicion of wounding and attempted murder and remained in custody on Sunday.

A knife has been recovered.

Det Insp Gareth Willis, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was an extremely seriously incident which could easily have cost at least one young man his life.

“Around 2,000 people are thought to have attended this event and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to contact us.”

One witness said: “The event staff and onsite paramedics were phenomenal and definitely saved this guy’s life.”

Pier Jam is a series of electronic dance music festivals held on the pier throughout the summer. Saturday’s event was labelled as the closing party, with 3,500 people expected to attend.

Acts on the main Terrace Stage included Darius Syrossian, Santé, Sidney Charles, Heidi, Huxley and Infinity Ink, while on the Sunset Stage, 99 Souls, Karma Kid, Ms Dynamite and Zinc performed.

The event’s website advises it is only open to those aged over 18 and that ID will be asked for on entry.

Witnesses should call Lancashire police on 101.