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Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watch

Related:
Review: Soundset at Canterbury Park, 5/27/12

The fifth annual Soundset festival at Canterbury Park Festival Field in Shakopee came to an abrupt halt when a Tornado Watch was announced midway through Lupe Fiasco's performance. 


Not long after Fiasco made an introduction for the song "The Show Goes On" and showed off a couple of fans' tattoos dedicated to the song, a member of the security team came out to announce that the watch was in effect and that the crowd should exit at that time.





7:26 p.m.: The sky started getting dark.
7:26 p.m.: The sky started getting dark.
Photo by Erik Hess


7:29 p.m.: A member of the security team makes the announcement.
7:29 p.m.: A member of the security team makes the announcement.
Photo by Erik Hess


At about 7:30 p.m, as people began exiting the grounds, the wind began blowing the hay spread over the fields and a heavy rain came down. 

7:33 p.m.: Two Soundset attendees plot their exit.
7:33 p.m.: Two Soundset attendees plot their exit.

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Photo by Erik Hess

Several bolts of lightning were spotted. Some fans rushed to their cars and began emptying the lot, and others took shelter in the Canterbury Park facilities. The cancellation came just as Astronautalis was finished on the smaller Fifth Element stage, and Atmosphere's evening closing set was pulled. A crowd of die-hard fans stayed on the crowds chanting "Slug! Slug! Slug!"
7:34.: A crew member climbs the support beam to unhitch a banner.
7:34.: A crew member climbs the support beam to unhitch a banner.
Photo by Erik Hess


Update: Here's video of the evacuation posted by @VocalProphet


The storm came after a day of blistering heat, and the temperature topped 90 degrees for much of the afternoon. Several attendees were in the EMS area to get some shade and rehydrate. Earlier in Fiasco's fierce set, he pointed out the gray clouds forming to the east, and instructed the crowd to pray with him. "Hopefully them shits will rain down upon us," he said. And unfortunately, it was too much to keep the show going when it came.

There were no injuries reported during the evacuation as of 10 p.m.
7:35 p.m.: The evacuated grounds.
7:35 p.m.: The evacuated grounds.
Photo by Erik Hess

7:41 p.m.: The skies open up.
7:41 p.m.: The skies open up.
Photo by Erik Hess

8:23 p.m.: On our way out.
8:23 p.m.: On our way out.
Photo by Erik Hess

Now some good news: First Avenue staff confirms that the After Party is still on. And we have our fingers crossed that we'll get what would be a sick Atmosphere performance after such a tumultuous day. Atmosphere did perform! Review here.

We will update this posting once we have more information on the cancellation, and look for more on Soundset 2012 at Gimme Noise.

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