Kings Of Leon's headline set at New York's Governors Ball cancelled due to severe weather conditions

Heavy winds and torrential rain scupper Randall's Island bash

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Kings Of Leon's headline set at the Governors Ball festival in New York was scrapped last night (June 7) due to severe weather conditions.

The Followill clan had been set to top the bill at the bash at Randall's Island yesterday evening and, with the band's sixth studio album scheduled for release in September, had been expected to premiere new material at the show. But after Feist's slot on the main stage was cut short due to heavy winds and torrential rain, the vast majority of the crowd left the festival.

With the entire site flooded, a press release was issued just after Kings Of Leon had been due to perform, reading: "Due to the high winds and unsafe stage conditions, Governors Ball has been suspended Friday night. The current wind speeds have made it a safety issue to operate the stages.

"While Governors Ball and the acts would like nothing more than the show to go on, the safety of our patrons, performers, and staff must always come first. Governors Ball will continue as scheduled Saturday morning. We anticipate gates to open on schedule. We are looking forward to great music and a good time."

Guns N' Roses are set to headline today's (June 8) bill at Governors Ball, while Kanye West will close the event tomorrow evening (June 9).

Earlier this year, Kings Of Leon promised that their new LP will be "much more musically complicated" than their previous efforts. Before the LP is released, the band will headline this summer's V festival. Taking place over the weekend of August 17-18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, the two-day event will see the band take to the main stage along with Beyoncé – which will be her only European festival appearance this year.

They will also play shows in London, Manchester and Birmingham in June and July, staring at London's O2 Arena on June 12 and 13 before playing Manchester Arena on June 24 and 25. The tour then runs to Birmingham's LG Arena on July 9-10.



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