Free Press Summer Festival was in full swing in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. However, a flash flood made the event impossible to continue. Festival organizers were forced to issue a statement booting attendees out.
“Festival organizers, in agreement with the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, are announcing that FPSF has been cancelled for the remainder of the day,” they wrote.
The notice went on, “With intense weather systems continuing and a flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service, Eleanor Tinsley Park is unsafe for the event to continue, and surrounding neighborhoods have been saturated with precipitation.”
As compensation for their tickets, festival goers could get back 50% of the base ticket price. However, ticketholders who just had tickets for that day would be able to get a full refund.
From the sound of it, Free Press did everything right in handling the disaster. Still, some fans were upset that they called it a day. “It rained but it stopped thundering so we could have gone back out rain or shine,” said Christopher Lozano, who was attending the festival.
Other people were mad that buying second-hand tickets meant no refund.
This also wasn’t the first time Free Press had to cancel due to weather. In 2016, they had to break things up due to a severe thunderstorm warning.
Some of the artists appearing at the festival included Lorde, Flume, Solange, Tove Lo, Post Malone, Jauz and dozens more.
–EDM In Stereo Staff