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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Forecastle Festival organizers say the concerts resumed after patrons were asked to evacuate the grounds of Waterfront Park because of the threat of stormy weather. Bands' sets were slid back one hour and Saturday's lineup was extended to play until 12:30 a.m., organizers said.
Festival spokesperson Holly Weyler told WDRB News that the festival partnered with a weather service which alerted them that inclement, stormy weather might be approaching Waterfront Park Saturday afternoon.
As a result, Weyler said they decided it was best to evacuate the grounds where 25,000 people were expected to take in the second of three days worth of "music, art and activism" as the festival slogan states.
"They cautioned us that we should lock down the site and evacuate. So that's what we did. We soon later got a call from them that the storm had broken up and gone away. So we were able to come back in and that's what's happening now," Weyler told WDRB News around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Concert-goers interviewed by WDRB News seemed undeterred by the evacuation. Many left the premises to visit a nearby bar, go eat food or seek shelter in nearby parking garages.
"So we left got a sandwich at Jimmy Johns and then realized that we could come back, so we are here standing in line," said Mike Kirilanko of Lexington.
Jeanne Marie Hibberd, who was walking around the outside of the festival shortly after being evacuated, said she was still hoping to see some of her favorite acts.
"They told us that storms were coming in and to evacuate and to pay attention to social media to find out what's next," she said.
"I just want to see the Black Keys and the Alabama Shakes... hopefully by the end of the night we will," said Sarah Lulich from Michigan, who attends school at Centre College.
More than 75,000 people are expected to attend the weekend festival, which features top bands like Jim James, The Flaming Lips, The Avett Brothers and The Black Keys.