As Hurricane Rita prepares to make landfall, organizers of the Austin City Limits music festival (in Austin, Texas) have decided to go on with the show. As much as possible, that is.
Though the National Weather Service has predicted extreme weather conditions in the Austin area, organizers are hopeful that the storm will be depleted after tearing its way across Texas.
On the festivals website, organizers have posted an update for fans wondering whether or not to show up at the gates this weekend. It reads:
"Just like you, we are keeping a very close watch on the weather and are being advised by meteorologists. If weather conditions appear to present any kind of danger to fans, musicians or crew, we are prepared to make the necessary adjustments to maintain safety."
The National Weather Service has predicted that by this afternoon, Austin chould be experiencing winds of 65 mph, flooding in low-lying areas, and at least 4 to 8 inches of rainfall.
The Austin City Limits music festival is a massive, annual music extravaganza. This year, more than 80 musical acts are scheduled to hit the stage, with 65,000 people in attendance.
Some of the bigger names booked for this year's festival include; Coldplay, Oasis, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, Kasabian, Franz Ferdinand, Jet, and the Allman Brothers Band.
Writer: Greg Hoekstra