Lollapalooza festival was yesterday (August 4) postponed for several hours as heavy thunderstorms rolled into Chicago.
At around 3:30pm local time, festival organisers announced an evacuation of the site after weather warnings had been given from the National Weather Service of severe storms approaching. Punters were urged to move to pre-determined, underground evacuation zones.
In a statement, posted on the festival website, communications director Shelby Meade said: “Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists. We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first.”
Organisers then released a further statement at 6pm, announcing that the festival would resume following the brief postponement and that a new schedule had been drawn-up for the bands who were due to play during the delay.
Planned afternoon sets from fun. and buzz band The Weeknd were rescheduled for later in the evening, however, Alabama Shakes were forced to cancel their set completely.
They tweeted this apology to fans:
Sorry Chicago, we were really pumped to play for you all but the storm had other plans. We will be back to make it up for you!
— Alabama Shakes (@Alabama_Shakes) August 5, 2012
Some bands took the initiative to perform short sets to the evacuated fans. Folk-pop group The Dunwells played an impromptu gig at the Hilton’s Normandie Lounge to waiting punters. Like Alabama Shakes, their set was also cancelled.
BoB, The Temper Trap were among the artists who had their scheduled slots nixed by the afternoon thunderstorms.
Lollapalooza continues today with performances by Florence And The Machine, At The Drive-In, Sigus Ros, Justice and Jack White. You can see a video of last night’s headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers performing ‘Under The Bridge’ at this year’s festival below.