It has been a tough summer for Toronto EDM festivals. The second day of VELD Music Festival, Sunday Aug. 2, was canceled only a few hours in due to extreme weather. The festival announced the bad news on Twitter yesterday after evacuating the grounds for a few hours. DJs like Hardwell, Above & Beyond, Duke Dumont, Laidback Luke, Hot Since 82, Oliver Heldens, Mark Knight and others were all scheduled to perform before the festival was canceled.
According to organizers, high winds, hail and wind were all en route when they had to cancel the two-day festival. Acts like A$AP Rocky, deadmau5, Nicky Romero, Kaskade, Steve Aoki and Markus Schulz all performed on day one of the festival.
Due to severe weather Veld Music Festival will be engaging our safety protocol and evacuating the site. Your safety is our #1 priority.
— VELD Music Festival (@VELDFest) August 2, 2015
Weather alert: Approaching high winds, lightening and hail. Shelter is available at 40 Carl Hall Road. Listen to police and security. — VELD Music Festival (@VELDFest) August 2, 2015
Veld Music Festival has been cancelled due to extreme weather. Please seek shelter at 40 Carl Hall Road. — VELD Music Festival (@VELDFest) August 2, 2015
This is the second Toronto EDM festival to have a day canceled due to inclement weather. At the end of June, Digital Dreams, the two day festival that featured the likes of Zedd, Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, Porter Robinson and others had its first day called off due to heavy rains.
VELD was not the only festival in central North America that experienced issues. Lollapalooza also battled the elements and was forced to evacuate once during the day and then canceled later that night during Florence + The Machine's 9 p.m. set as lightning started to flash in the sky.