As the venue starts to empty out, festivalgoers had already begun to discuss the lineup for the following day. And I have to say, I shared the same excitement. But little did any of us know in less than ten hours, the mood would take a dramatic turn. Emails and social media posts started to fire off around 10am Saturday morning pertaining to delays of the festival opening for the day. It was no secret that storms were imminent for Saturday and Sunday. And after the events that unfolded on Thursday, BRRF was trying to do what they could to ensure a successful remedy to the elements. Doors had been pushed back to 2:30pm in a valiant attempt to allow the storm time to pass. But around noon we all got word that it was in the best interest for the safety of the fans that the entire day had to be cancelled. There would be a follow up announcement at 5pm regarding the status of Sunday.
Like many, I was in disbelief that the rest of the festival could potentially be cancelled. And shortly after 5pm what we all feared had been confirmed, that the rest of the festival would in fact be cancelled. I am not going to sugar coat it at all. I was devastated when I had seen the conformation post and let’s just be honest, that’s probably on the softer side of people’s reactions. It took a couple hours for it all to sink in, but then common sense trumped my own selfishness. At the end of the day, the festival, the promoters and the venue itself had to make the executive decision to cancel not because of anything other than the safety of every person that walked through those gates.
It’s a tough pill to swallow but you could throw a rock in any direction and hit a festival that either had individual days cancelled or like our situation, have the majority cancelled due to weather. It sucks, but it happens. Weather is the biggest gamble everybody involved has to face, from the fans all the way up to promoters and organizers. But the time I was able to spend at this year’s festival was nothing put positivity. I was able to shoot for some of my favorite bands, I got to spend time with friends that I haven’t seen in a very long time and most of all, I got to share all of this with an amazing media group that I look forward to working with every year. This is the third year I and Dread Music Review have covered and it is without a doubt the highlight of every year. Despite the outcome this time around, we are more than confident that next year will be the biggest and most succesful year yet. And we’re already looking forward to it!