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Backlash ensues over canceled sets from Tool, others at ‘Epicenter’ fest

Rock en Seine music festival. Us band Tool performing live. (Photo by Eric CATARINA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Rock en Seine music festival. Us band Tool performing live. (Photo by Eric CATARINA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Performances from Tool, Judas Priest, The Cult and others were canceled at the inaugural Epicenter Festival on Saturday (May 11th) in Rockingham, North Carolina due to severe weather conditions. And now a backlash is brewing among concertgoers over the way both the cancellations and the festival itself were handled.

CHECK IT OUT: Official announcement from the organizers:

While some fans were angered by the cancellations, many more were unhappy with the circumstances leading up to the evening’s disappointing announcement. Some ticket holders even claimed they spent hours in traffic waiting to get in, only to then get the news that the evening’s festivities were canceled.

Problems had begun even before Saturday’s weather issues, with attendees complaining on Friday (May 10th) that it took them hours to either access or leave the grounds. Some reported waiting in traffic until the early morning hours to exit following Friday’s performances.

The venue was evacuated hours before the cancellation was announced on Saturday, with festival organizers finally admitting, “For the safety of fans, artists, and staff, the county of Richmond has determined that Epicenter will not resume tonight. Severe weather is continuing and we need to repair damage to the site.”

Tool guitarist Adam Jones wrote on Instagram, “Sorry #EpicenterFestival #Rockingham – We are ready to ROCK . . . County of Richmond has official cancelled but #WeWillBeback.”

Comments from Tool’s Adam Jones:

Fans were also reportedly upset to learn that tickets for the show were being sold for vastly less money in the days leading up to the weekend, for prices ranging from $20 to one dollar, after some paid hundreds in advance for weekend passes.

Fan posts:

Festival organizers have promised that ticketholders will receive information in the days ahead about Saturday’s canceled show.

Story source: Alternative Press

DID YOU KNOW? Danny Wimmer Presents, which staged Epicenter, is also responsible for this coming weekend’s Sonic Temple Art And Music Festival, as well as Louder Than Life, Aftershock, Welcome To Rockville, Chicago Open Air and other festivals.

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