Governors Ball Festival Site Evacuated as Severe Weather Hits New York

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Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performs during the All Points East Festival at Victoria Park on May 25, 2019 in London.

The Governors Ball site at Randall’s Island in New York has been evacuated due to a severe storm passing through.   

Earlier in the day, the fest was postponed due to inclement weather. But as the weather worsened, organizers were forced to shut down the show.

The Gov Ball team issued a “festival evacuation” message on social media. “Due to approaching severe weather an evacuation is in effect. Please proceed to the nearest exit," it reads.


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Artists scheduled to perform Sunday included NasSZA and headliners The Strokes, whose set was affected by the downpour.

Meanwhile, hip-hop fans who gathered for the annual Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium were made to wait half an hour until the worst of the weather passed. “Thank you for your patience. Follow the instructions of the authorities and return to your seats for Cardi,” reads a message posted by the Hot 97 team.

According to reports, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for New York City, western Nassau County, Hudson County and southeastern Bergen County.

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