CALIFORNIA (CelebrityAccess) SoCal festival Desert Daze cut short its Friday night Tame Impala set after the band played three songs because of possible inclement weather, which led to upset fans taking to social media.
A staff member appeared onstage during the Oct. 12 performance urging fans to take shelter because of a thunderstorm. Staff had reportedly insisted the band would play as of two hours earlier.
We’ve been planning our move to Lake Perris for many months and are working side-by-side with Park Rangers to make this a special and safe event,” organizers said in a statement. “Last night, due to extreme lightning storms rolling in a few songs after the start of Tame Impala’s set, we unfortunately had to ask all guests to exit the Desert Daze grounds, return to their cars and seek shelter to remain safe.
“We worked closely with CalFire, Park Rangers and meteorologists to make the difficult decision to halt the show and immediately implement our event’s contingency plan. We decided to end the remainder of the evening’s programming once it was clear the weather was going to continue to be a safety issue. The safety of our guests is our top priority.”
Desert Daze offered free parking for the rest of the weekend and refunds to those who paid for parking.
The situation obviously didn’t set well with some attendees.
Greetings from @desert_daze 2018. So far, it’s been a trainwreck of logistical nightmares and unfortunate weather patterns. 3+ hour lines to park (missed 3 sets) and then Tame Impala cut short after 4 songs due to lightning storms.
— Greg Franklin (@kentuckychrome) October 13, 2018
I spent more time in my car than in the festival. I only bought a day pass and didn’t watch a single artist perform… (With the exception of 15 minutes of Tame Impala) I don’t get the chance to have my experience made up to me because only a day pass
— Yoseph Ghazal (@broseph_yoseph) October 13, 2018