Extreme weather sees fans evacuated from US festival during Sam Smith headline set

Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Festival hit by high winds and heavy rain

A festival in America had to be evacuated due to extreme weather conditions last night during the middle of a headline set from Sam Smith.

It was during the first day of Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky when the adverse weather conditions began and organisers took the decision to end the day’s music early and send fans home. Smith was 35 minutes into his set when a rainstorm hit the site and made continuing the show untenable.

MTV reports that the festival site was soon made dangerous by the weather. They report “strongwinds kicking up dust and sending trash swirling around. The area in front of the main stage was almost empty just minutes after the first alert, as banners on the stage were whipped around by strong winds and some vendor’s tents began to sway and threaten to buckle.”

The headline set was Smith’s first in the US since he took three months off to recover from vocal surgery earlier this year. After the show he posted a message on Instagram in which he wrote: “The drama is real right now!! Literally In the middle of ‘Lay Me Down’ there was an electrical storm and I had to be taken off stage and the whole festival had to evacuate. This KILLS me, because you guys were SO loud and incredible!!!!!!!! You were so loud the heavens opened haha. Gutted. But I do feel like Dorothy.”

Smith accompanied the message with the following picture:

Forecastle Festival is scheduled to continue today (July 18) and tomorrow with acts including The War on Drugs, My Morning Jacket, First Aid Kit, Tweedy and Twin Peaks all booked to perform.