It ended up being a wet night to kick off the final weekend of Bluesfest last night, with the likes of Headstones, A Tribe Called Red, and LIVE taking the stage.
The rain had been on and off all day, just misting for the most part, but that changed around 9:00pm. Several acts had to be postponed by a few minutes, but by 9:35 it seemed that everything would continue (for the most part) as scheduled! LIVE took the stage within about 10 minutes, and began rocking out despite the pouring rain.
From the start of the show, the rain kept gaining intensity, with thunder and lighting crashing in the background. After a couple of particularly close strikes, the band cut a song off halfway through and made a quick exit of the stage as emergency messages flashed on the big screens.
As everyone ran for shelter, festival officials issued these statements on Twitter;
WEATHER UPDATE: Shows have been postponed until further notice.— RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (@ottawabluesfest) July 15, 2017
UPDATE: Due to weather, shows tonight will not be resuming.— RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (@ottawabluesfest) July 15, 2017
Several users argued that it should have been a delay rather than a full blown cancellation, but many other agreed with the decision, saying that the field was a LAKE by the end of the shows.
the grounds were practically a lake after the downpour I agree with their decision as much as it sucked— LadySquibbles16* (@LadySquibbles16) July 15, 2017
Cruddy luck. Kudos to the volunteers sticking it out and making sure everyone was safe!!— Lianne Wand (@LianneW) July 15, 2017
While they do not seem to be issuing full refunds, Bluesfest has announced on Twitter that they will honour day passes from yesterday both today and tomorrow. They announced this in a tweet about an hour ago, so load up on the suscreen and head out to see Muse tonight or Tom Petty tomorrow!
Due to early shut down Fri. one-day general admission tix for July 14 will be honoured at entrances for EITHER Sat July 15 OR Sun July 16— RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (@ottawabluesfest) July 15, 2017