Remainder of Free Press Summer Festival canceled due to weather

After storms hit the Houston area Sunday, organizers with the Free Press Summer Festival canceled the remainder of the event.

HOUSTON - After storms hit the Houston area Sunday, organizers with the Free Press Summer Festival canceled the remainder of the event.

Festival attendees were evacuated late Sunday afternoon due to lightning and heavy storms in the area. It is the third year in a row the festival has been affected by weather.

Fans were hoping the show could go on.

“I think so far, it’s been a disaster, but hopefully they can rebound later on and hopefully some of those artists that we missed out on can perform later," said attendee James Leslie during Sunday afternoon's evacuation.

Other fans said despite dealing with weather for the past few years, they would continue coming to the annual festival.

“This is my third year in a row, and so every year, it’s always the same thing, rain," said Steffan Galvan, another attendee. "It’s the week before, but it’s always a great time to be honest, so it’s just about the experience and that’s what matters.”

FPSF organizers released the following statement on the cancelation: 

"In planning FPSF, patron experience and safety is paramount. Festival organizers, in agreement with the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and the Mayor's Office of Special Events, are announcing that FPSF has been cancelled for the remainder of the evening. With intense weather systems continuing and a flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service, Eleanor Tinsley Park is unsafe for the event to continue.

"Refunds of 50% of the base ticket price will be refunded for any tickets purchased with a credit card within the next 7-10 business days.  Ticketholders who purchased tickets with cash at the FPSF Box Office will need to contact Front Gate Tickets and provide their wristband print ID to request their refund at support.frontgatetickets.com within the next 30 days.  Ticketholders who purchased tickets today, June 4, will receive a full refund."

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