Having to cancel your entire event is not the worst thing that can happen to a music festival, but it’s pretty close. The only things that are worse are the types of things that get you kicked out of a venue forever — drug overdoses, riots, deaths, things of that nature. Those can keep a dark cloud around your name forever.
So no, having to call off your festival because of weather is absolutely not the worst thing that can happen. In fact, it’s the decision that could very well keep something worse from happening.
Of course, try explaining that to the people, ticket in hand, who have traveled to your festival. You know, the ones who, seconds after they’ve found out what happened, pull out their cell phones to point out their tickets say "rain or shine" like they don’t know what it really means.
Not that you can blame them for being upset. After all, it’s rarely just the ticket price they’re upset about. It’s the money spent on gas, on hotels, on road food and beers along the way. It’s the time investment, the hours spent traveling, planning, waiting and letting expectation build. It’s the dream of a wild weekend gone up in flame.
Last year was a particularly brutal one for the Something Wonderful/Something Wicked brand. Something Wonderful, up in Dallas, got shut down because of the weather after only about half of the scheduled performances had taken place. Something Wicked didn’t happen at all, a victim of Mother Nature going rain-happy the weekend of the event, turning the fields at Sam Houston Race Park into a mud soup that people were still willing to dance in, given the chance.
So far, it seems like 2016 has been a good year for the promoters of the two events. Reviews of Something Wonderful earlier this year were positive and, as of this writing, it looks like the weather is going to play nice for Something Wicked. It would be great if Mother Nature did the festival a solid this year because Something Wicked is a great addition to the admittedly crowded Houston festival lineup.
While there are some bad apples and overly aggressive bros, broadly speaking, dance-music fans are my favorite fans behind
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