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Heavy Rains Force ACL Sunday Cancellation

The Cure's Robert Smith Saturday night, before the rains came
The Cure's Robert Smith Saturday night, before the rains came
Photos by Jim Bricker

Due to heavy rains that began shortly after the Cure played "Friday I'm In Love" Saturday night and continued for several hours, this morning the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced on its Web site that Sunday's portion of the three-day event has been cancelled.

"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Shelby Meade, communications director for ACL producer C3 Presents. "We regret having to cancel the show today, but safety always comes first."

ACL also experienced a brief shower during Queens of the Stone Age's set Friday night.
ACL also experienced a brief shower during Queens of the Stone Age's set Friday night.

The Austin area is currently under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the Barton Creek area of Austin had seen more than 11 inches of rain overnight.

According to C3, ticketholders are entitled to a refund of one-third of the cost of a weekend pass, based on original ticket price paid, and will be distributed via check from Front Gate Tickets within three weeks.

ACL had been in the middle of its second weekend of almost nearly identical lineups. Although the second weekend was officially sold out, crowds seemed much lighter than in years past.

This is the first outright cancellation of a day in the festival's 12-year history.

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