SXSW weather delays: Auditorium Shores, other venues evacuated; Fader Fort cancels Friday night sets

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Lightning in Austin skies Friday. Photo by Jay Janner
Lightning in Austin skies Friday. Photo by Jay Janner

Lightning in Austin skies Friday. Photo by Jay Janner

A roundup of weather delays and cancellations (we will continue to post updates):

Update: 11:08 p.m.: Despite the chance of more rain, SXSW is moving forward with shows.

Update, 9:50 p.m.: SXSW released some revised show times. From SXSW’s website:

New Set Times for McGarrah Jessee Rooftop

9:45PM – Aubrie Sellers
11:00PM – Flo Rida

Showcases at The Belmont, The Main, and Maggie Mae’s Rooftop are running on time

Cedar Street Courtyard showcase will begin at 10PM – set times forthcoming

New Set Times for Stubb’s

10:10PM – Everything Everything
11:00PM – Crystal Castles
11:50PM – Charli XCX + SOPHIE
12:40AM – Santigold

Update, 9:20 p.m.: South by Southwest will open the doors to outdoor venues, depending on weather.

Update, 9:08 p.m.: Artists that were supposed to play the main stage at Willie Nelson’s Reunion in Luck are being moved indoors.

“Main stage is cancelled so there may be some big artists in small places,” according to Don Bartlett, manager of Joe Pug, who is playing the Tent Stage at Luck. “At the end of the day it’s actually a really cool vibe. Survivors.”

Luck is Willie Nelson’s ranch outside Austin that was used for as a set for his movie, “Red-Headed Stranger.” It has a series of smaller buildings that can be used.

Update, 8:54 p.m.: The Rachael Ray Feedback House closed for the night, but will be back at Stubb’s BBQ tomorrow .

Update, 8:51 p.m.: The Scoot Inn closed for weather, but has not cancelled its show yet.

Update, 8:34 p.m.: At Willie Nelson’s Reunion in Luck, music was delayed, but now Jenny Lewis is playing inside the town chapel.

Organizers of Floodfest at Cedar St. Courtyard said they are canceling the first set, but all else will go on as planned.

Update, 8:23 p.m.: All outdoor shows are on hold, according to the South by Southwest website:

“SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake show with Coheed and Cambria, Wolfmother, and more has been canceled.

We are expecting severe weather until approximately 9:30pm.

All other outdoor shows are on hold for now.”

Update, 8:19 p.m.: “Collide on Rainey” Rainey Street shows have been cancelled.

Update, 8:07 p.m.: The crowd has been told to leave Auditorium Shores, and the rest of the sets have been cancelled, according to our writer at the scene.

Earlier: South by Southwest sent a weather alert at 7:14 p.m. telling people to seek shelter indoors.

From writer Steve Scheibal at Auditorium Shores:

When the Tijuana Panthers started their set at 5, it was hot humid, and bright enough that the lead guitarist sang a Samaritan for sunscreen. By the time they wrapped up at 5:40, the sun was gone, cinematic clouds were looming off to the west, and the police were quietly answering questions about where to shelter in place.

The beleaguered announcer was alternately ordering and imploring people to move from the Long Center terrace to the parking garage a block away. Hundreds of stragglers, many still grousing about potentially missing the Coheed and Cambria show, held out, hopping the lightning would pass and the show would go on.

Then a spectacular, multi-pronged bolt cut across the sky, and people started to move.

For many, the storm became the show. Every couple of minutes the sky would burst with light, followed by a chorus of “oooo” echoing through the garage. Dozens of fans staked out spots along the wall on the structure’s upper levels, seeking a wider view of the sky.

When it came time to call it just before 8, it fell to an Austin police officer in a patrol car to make the announcement. As he circled the Long Center driveway using his cruiser’s megaphone, this happened twice:

Police officer: “The show has been cancelled.”

Coheed & Cambria fans: “Aww!”

Police officer: “Sorry.”

Elsewhere, the showcases at the Mexican American Cultural Center and Pandora’s Discovery Den at the Gatsby were halted, as was Willie’s Reunion in Luck, Texas.

The Fader Fort first evacuated and then canceled shows for Friday night.


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