ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Severe weather cancelled the second night of a three-day rock music festival at the Epicenter, leaving damage to the venue and causing traffic problems for fans.
The Epicenter Festival released a statement Saturday evening that the show is being called off for the night and will resume at 12 p.m. Sunday.
“Please understand that this is a difficult decision and we know how excited each of you were,” the statement said, in part.
The event was expected to draw thousands with performances by the Foo Fighters, Rob Zombie, Machine Gun Kelly and Korn. Judas Priest, The Cult and Tool were expected to perform Saturday night.
Concert-goers were asked to leave amid severe weather Saturday and some said they were stuck in traffic for hours.
One woman said people being asked to leave were unable to access the lockers to get their keys, wallets and IDs.
Thomas Kelly posted a video which appeared to show an outdoor stage blown apart by a gust of wind.
Kelly said the evacuation went smoothly. The problem he had was with traffic getting into the venue.
“It took four hours to move 3 miles,” Kelly said.
FOX8 pressed Epicenter Festival organizers for answers after viewers contacted us and posted complaints online.
A representative said this was the event's first year, and they are evaluating what they can do better for next time. Organizers expected campers to check in earlier, but their delayed arrival contributed to the traffic outside the venue. Right now, Epicenter Fest is exploring possible refund options with its ticketing and insurance companies.
Ticket prices started at $80 for a single-day general admission pass and went up to $475 for a three-day pass which includes special access to air-conditioned restrooms and entrance lanes.
On Sunday, festival goers appeared to be in good spirits. Jaclyn Frenette, from Greensboro, said she was having a great time.
“If you go to a three-day festival you have to know that they are going to be quirks that are going to need to be worked out, but I think the production company did the best they could with the weather,” Frenette said.