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Severe Weather Dampens Day One of Tailgate N’ Tallboys Music Festival

June 14, 2024 1:45 pm GMT

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Tailgates and tallboys will have to wait a day as the first night of Bloomington, Illinois' Tailgate N’ Tallboys music festival had to be cancelled due to severe weather.

The Thursday (June 13) events were called off due to chances of 70-90 mph winds, 2-4 inch hail, lightning and heavy rain, according to the McLean County Emergency Management Agency.

“We have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s events at Tailgate N’ Tallboys music festival,” event organizers wrote in a statement posted to social media. “Everyone's safety is the most important thing to us ... Anyone that had a single day wristband for Thursday can come to box office and redeem their wristband for any day of their choice.”

Acts like Cody Johnson, Larry Fleet and Wyatt Flores were schedule to play opening day. Still, Flores shared a brief jam session with fans, putting on an impromptu concert on festival grounds under angry skies.

"Safe to say @tailgatentallboys lived up to the name even though the weather had other plans," the 'Milwaukee' artist shared on his Instagram, alongside a reel of the makeshift gig. "Thanks to everyone who stuck around and I hope everyone here in Illinois stays safe through this storm!"

The four-day festival is scheduled to resume Friday (June 14) and carry on through the weekend as planned.

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