ROCK ON THE RANGE Festival Evacuated Due To Severe Weather
May 19, 2017
The organizers of this weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio have evacuated attendees due to a severe thunderstorm warning in effect.
Attendees were asked to exit MAPFRE Stadium and seek shelter in their vehicles. Music fans who did not have a vehicle on-site were asked to seek shelter at the Lausche Building, located at the rear of the parking lot.
Earlier this afternoon, the organizers released an update, saying that their "on-site meteorologist has determined that the severe threat should expire by 7 or 7:30 p.m. (subject to change). Once we receive the all-clear, we will reopen doors and resume the show," they said.
The three-day event was scheduled to feature sets from KORN, BUSH, THE OFFSPRING, METALLICA, PRIMUS, VOLBEAT, COHEED & CAMBRIA and dozens of others.
Friday night's headlining slot was to feature SOUNDGARDEN, but that band's appearance was canceled as a result of frontman Chris Cornell's tragic death. It is rumored that SOUNGARDEN's performance will be replaced by a Cornell tribute set featuring a host of guest musicians, including members of STONE SOUR.
A couple of video updates from Rock On The Range, courtesy of Kilpop's Tina Smash, can be seen below.