New York Music Festival Evacuated After Wild Downpour
Festivalgoers have been forced to flee Randall Island after wild weather interrupted The Governor's Ball.
The festival is one of the biggest summer music events in New York and featured artists including Tyler, The Creator, Lil Wayne, Florence + The Machine and Kacey Musgraves across the three-day lineup.
Sunday night's headliners -- The Strokes and SZA -- were forced to cancel their sets as severe weather approached, with fans warned to evacuate the island, located in the middle of the East River, immediately.
A statement released by the festival obtained by Variety confirmed that the event was evacuated on Sunday evening "due to severe weather" and that the island was clear of all guests.
The statement went on to say that after "close consultation" with law enforcement, the event was cancelled in the interest of safety for fans, the artists and the festival's crew.
"We are as devastated as our fans by this decision, but nothing is more important than the safety of all attendees," the statement read.
Attendees have uploaded pictures of chaotic scenes as crowds left the island mid downpour with one fan writing that the evacuation was "completely unsafe".
"Almost got trampled twice, and then got to wait an hour in the rain for the bus," wrote Twitter user Rachel Scroggins.
One fan uploaded footage of attendees using the chaotic weather as an excuse to go full 'Lord of The Flies' and begin destroying festival props.
And of course, someone had to make a Fyre Fest comparison, complaining that at least the attendees stuck at Ja Rule's failed Bahamian music festival got a few free cheese sandwiches.
The Governor's Ball Twitter page has advised that fans will be able to secure refunds for the cancelled event.
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