Hudson Project Festival Canceled
The final sets of the Hudson Project Festival over the weekend were canceled due to severe weather. The festival began on July 11th and was scheduled to continue through Sunday evening, with all festival-goers out of the venue by Monday at 12pm. However, later afternoon on Sunday it was announced that the remaining acts would be canceled due to approaching, and possibly dangerous, storms.
This three-day camping festival in Saugerties, NY, featured a standout lineup including Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, STS9, and Excision, just to name a few. It also hosted art installations, workshops, yoga, and various craft beer vendors.
It was reported that the festival began smoothly with sunny skies and warm temperatures. However, by Saturday evening, Hudson weathered a rain shower during Big Gigantic’s set that caused many inches of mud at all stages in the venue and walkways in the camping areas, making it difficult to mobilize around Winston Farm. The set times for Sunday were questioned and initially delayed, but, with a torrential downpour moving in, the festival was shut down and evacuated.
Posted to the Hudson Project’s Instagram account
“Based on the recommendation from Ulster County and information from the National Weather Service concerning approaching storms in conjunction with the previous afternoon inclement weather, we have decided to cancel this evening’s performances. This is a decision that we don’t take lightly, but our first priority is always the safety of our patrons, artists, and staff. We regret having to cancel any show, but safety always comes first. Please return to your campsites to pack up and depart the property as quickly as possible. Thank you all for an unforgettable weekend, we can’t wait to do it all again next year. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.”
Bassnectar, STRFKR, and Tipper were among the acts who were canceled. The festival announced the information via all social media outlets this afternoon. Officials expressed their regret, writing, “This is a decision that we don’t take lightly, but our first priority is always the safety of our patrons, artists, and staff. We regret having to cancel any show, but safety always comes first.”
Safety is an issue that goes beyond the bad weather. Many festival-goers may have imbibed too much and were not in a state to be driving. Comments on the Hudson Music Project’s Facebook page express anger and worry for those who should not be driving. Officials stated that those in question were permitted to stay on the campgrounds until they are sober enough to drive.
Other comments included much more irate sentiments, with some patrons questioning the organization and risk management of this brand new festival. Others even suggested that a class action suit should be filed, as the festival was said to be a “rain or shine” event. And of course the question of refunds has arisen; tickets went for approximately $270 for three days with camping in the last round of ticket sales. There have been no firm or official responses to these two issues.
Patrons were and are understandably upset and concerned, but the severity of the weather must not be overlooked. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory, in effect from July 13th 7:44 to 11:45pm, as well as a severe thunderstorm watch. This is reminiscent of Austin City Limits 2013, when the final Sunday of the two-weekend festival was canceled. Within hours of the announcement, the venue was flooded. As some Facebook commenters mentioned, shows can go on throughout the rain; however in the case of ACL and The Hudson Project, it is important to be aware that heavy rain can mean dangerous flooding in no time at all.
More information will be released today. It’s important to remember that these types of inconveniences are always a possibility with outside festivals, especially in the summer.
— Glide / Hidden Track (@glidemag) July 14, 2014