Lollapalooza 2012 suspended due to severe weather
Festival on hold as huge storm hits Chicago
Chris Eustace - 04 August 2012
Festivalgoers have been evacuated from the event’s site, in Grant Park, Chicago, to three emergency shelters in the city, while officials determine if and when it is safe for the festival to resume.
Lollapalooza Festival 2012 was due to take place today and tomorrow (5 August), with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence & The Machine, At The Drive-In and Bloc Party on the bill.
A statement on the festival’s website read:
“Due to an approaching storm and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS), Lollapalooza organizers have suspended the festival until further notice. Festival-goers are being evacuated from Grant Park and are being directed by staff and the Chicago Police Department to pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites along Michigan Avenue.
The three emergency evacuation shelters are the Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street Garages. All can be entered through vehicle entrances on Michigan Avenue.
Lollapalooza officials are continuing to coordinate with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to monitor weather conditions and determine when the park is safe for festival-goers to return.
“Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists,” said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza. “We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first.”
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