Seattle-based Death Cab for Cutie had an out-of-this-world set at the Rifflandia festival in Victoria this past Saturday night when a meteor streaked through the sky during their performance of Long Division. John and I had just left the photo pit and camped out in the back of the enthralled audience when the shooting star appeared in the dimming night sky, to the left of the stage. No one was sure what they saw but they knew it was magical.
Meteor Over Rifflandia in Victoria
The following video captures the moment within the first few seconds:
Death Cab for Cutie continued their set uninterrupted but for many in the crowd at Royal Athletic Park, it capped off a pretty momentous evening as this was the last time co-founder and guitarist Chris Walla would play with the band. Walla announced his departure in August of this year.
Reports of the meteor, that glowed green for several seconds as it crossed the sky, was visible up and down the Pacific Northwest coast, from Gabriola Island to Albany, Oregon.
Our full coverage from the Rifflandia festival in Victoria, with my recaps and John’s photos will be available this week. Hat tip to Steffani Cameron for locating this video.