The Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival reopened earlier today after attendees were evacuated for about an hour Sunday due to high winds and storms in the area.
The three-day event at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio is scheduled to conclude tonight with a performance by the FOO FIGHTERS.
The evacuation was announced around 6:00 p.m. and the festival reopened about 90 minutes later.
According to reports, several performers — including BRING ME THE HORIZON and CHEVELLE — had their main-stage sets canceled earlier today due to high winds. JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS were originally scheduled to appear on a side stage just before 7:00 p.m., but their performance was pushed back to 8:30 p.m.
Although Sonic Temple is technically a new festival, it is being produced by produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, which staged Rock On The Range for 12 successful years. Wimmer founded Sonic Temple last year after moving away from Rock On The Range due disagreements with AEG, a former business partner of the show.
Earlier in the month, the inaugural edition of another Danny Wimmer Presents-produced festival, Epicenter, in Rockingham, North Carolina, had to evacuate due to harsh weather.
Unfortunately, due to high winds that are making the festival grounds unsafe,— SonicTempleFestival (@SonicTempleFest) May 19, 2019
we must ask you to evacuate the festival grounds.
Please follow instructions of festival + security staff along with local law enforcement to exit the venue in a safe, calm, and orderly fashion (1/2) pic.twitter.com/uxNwVrGgwr
The weather has passed and it is now safe to resume the festival!— SonicTempleFestival (@SonicTempleFest) May 19, 2019
The gates are now open. Foo Fighters are scheduled to perform at 9:00PM.
Please approach the gates calmly and safely.
If you left the parking lot, you will be let back in by presenting today’s parking pass. pic.twitter.com/CSgIFhuAyP