Desert Daze Festival Closes Early Due To Inclement Weather Desert Daze Festival Closes Early Due To Inclement Weather
Tame Impala took the stage at California’s Desert Daze festival this past weekend, but after just 15 minutes, the concert was cut short due... Desert Daze Festival Closes Early Due To Inclement Weather

Tame Impala took the stage at California’s Desert Daze festival this past weekend, but after just 15 minutes, the concert was cut short due to a lightning storm.

According to the San Bernardino Sun, violent thunderstorms began throughout Southern California on Friday, causing festival organizers to usher the band off the stage and urge the crowd to seek shelter. The concert was supposed to be postponed until the storm passed, but was cancelled after media channels reported the storm would last overnight.

In a statement, the festival said that although Tame Impala could not perform another day on the weekend due to scheduling, they were working with other performers from Friday evening to reschedule their sets.

Concertgoers said this wasn’t the only problem of the night; the car entrance was unorganized with long-lasting lines. One attendee said it took longer to wait in the car line then it did to drive to the venue. The concert even began while cars were still lined up, trying to park, leading the band Warpaint to urge the crowd to “dance for the people who are still outside.”

Ticket holders are now requesting refunds for the rocky start to the three-day festival.

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While the festival has not commented on refunds, Friday passes were honored on Saturday, and parking remained free for the rest of the weekend. Saturday and Sunday saw artists like Chelsea Wolfe, Beak, My Bloody Valentine, and Preoccupations.

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Olivia Perreault Deputy Editor

Olivia Perreault is the Deputy Editor for TicketNews. She is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island and holds a BA in journalism. As an avid concert junkie, she's been to hundreds of concerts and freelances for multiple online publications, including her music blog, found at OliviaGPerreault.com. Reach Olivia via email at [email protected]