Recently, Florida has been expected to face upcoming tropical storm, Alberto. Recently, Florida was put in a state of emergency due to expected dangerous weather conditions. Unfortunately, due to this warning, Tampa's Sunset Music Festival was immensely affected by the news.
Due to heavy winds and rains, SMF was forced to cancel their second day. Many performers were expected to play, such as Illenium and Excision, and, unfortunately, attendees were unable to see these artists perform. On the bright side, they were able to experience a wonderful Day 1, watching artists such as Marshmello and Rezz.
Sunset Music Festival released an official statement related to the cancelation of Day 2. The statement is as follows:
“Dear SMF Community,
Due to forecasted heavy rains and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Alberto, we are sad to announce the second day of Sunset Music Festival 2018 (Sunday, May 27, 2018) has been cancelled.
This decision to cancel was made by the Tampa Sports Authority, in conjunction with the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue, and was based on the fact Sunday’s weather poses a serious risk to the health, safety and welfare of Sunset Music Festival attendees. Additionally, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Tampa area and Florida’s Governor Scott has declared a State of Emergency. The safety of our attendees, staff, artists, partners and community is always our number one priority.
SMF will release detailed instructions on the refund policy and process as soon as possible at SMFtampa.com. We are truly saddened by this decision, however, your safety is our number one priority. We hope to see you next year for SMF 2019.”