Yesterday, Tampa Bay police forced Sunset Music Festival to close doors on attendees due to the incoming threat of a massive storm system. Obviously, fans were incredibly disappointed to not be able to attend the second and final day of the festival. It later turned out that the cancellation was not entirely necessary, which only caused fans to be more upset. At this point many artists had a choice – collect their pay as the contracts outlined and leave, or step up and help give the fans a bit of magical after a major disappointment.
DJs Go The Extra Mile
While Sunset Music Festival did have several after parties that would still go on, the vast majority of fans had not purchased tickets to the then sold out events. Many took to social media and laid into artists, using them as dart boards for their frustration.
And if it makes YOU GUYS happy – which is what I’m here for – I will stay up all night and play a set at a house party or something afterwards even though I’m already running on fumes. I don’t care. I’m here for you guys and I’m doing everything I can.
— 🍃EKALI🍃 (@EkaliMusic) May 27, 2018
Many artists dealt with some verbal abuse, but almost all of them decided to truly got the extra mile to make up for the event's cancelation. Specifically, Ekali, Bonnie x Clyde, Boombox Cartel and, 3lau stepped up to the plate. These artists and many more played venues all over the city stopped for photo ops, and even show up at small house parties to make up for the circumstances.
These artists were running on almost no sleep and were beyond stressed but did everything they could to give fans a night they would never forget. Once again this selfless acts shows why electronic music is a special community – artists are dedicated to their fans at a level which is rarely seen.
B2B with Illenium in Tampa was a dream. Happy we blew the speakers out and we got to come meet a bunch of you in the crowd. I love you Tampa I’ll be back soon. Couldn’t ask for a better first set ❤️
— 🍃EKALI🍃 (@EkaliMusic) May 28, 2018
— Kayleen N. Perez (@kaylinda_mami) May 28, 2018
I heard most of the shows are sold out tonight… is there a good spot where I could just meet u all and take some pics? Any ideas?
— ▽ (@3LAU) May 27, 2018
NOOOOOOOOOOO… TAMPA IM GOING TO FIGURE SOMETHING OUT!!!!!!! https://t.co/Pk9qz4RaCU
— Boombox Cartel (@BoomboxCartel) May 27, 2018