UPDATED - High winds cause cause cancellation of Saturday's country concert

Mitch MacDonald
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Blake Shelton poses backstage with his awards for male vocalist of the year and album of the year at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

All performances at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival Saturday have been cancelled, organizers have announced.

The entire venue is now shut down to concert-goers. Organizers had originally postponed Saturday’s gate opening to 5 p.m. on the hope that high winds would calm down.

However, safety reasons have caused the festival to shut down for the entire night with Environment Canada forecasting gusts of up to 90 km/h an hour continuing this evening.

Country musician Blake Shelton announced earlier in the day he would not be performing at the festival due to travel restrictions.

Shelton, who was set to headline Saturday and was considered by many the highlight of this year’s festival, confirmed the cancellation on Twitter at about 2:30 p.m.

“Damn sorry I won’t be at Cavendish to perform tonight. There’s no access to the Island,” said Shelton. “But more than that, y’all who there please be safe.”

Darius Rucker, who was also set to perform on the mainstage Saturday, had also cancelled due to travel restrictions.

Organizers said that individuals who purchased a single day ticket may now use the ticket for Sunday’s show. They will also be able to receive a refund.

Organizers said weekend pass purchasers will receive a discount towards a 2015 weekend pass purchase.



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Recent comments

  • Marian Webb
    July 07, 2014 - 17:47

    I agree that those who bought weekend passes should get refunds. Those who bought single day passes got a refund and free admittance to Sundays line-up. Something wrong with this. If there is a no refund policy that means everyone! Flood their sites and make a fuss...get the money back. I am sure it was written into the performers contracts that if they cancel and not the organizers they don't get paid. This concert was a go to make money and it sure did. The organizer lost nothing from the performers cancelling...he didn't have to pay them. Give the refunds.

  • betty
    July 06, 2014 - 14:38

    Too bad things did not turn out but hopefully next year we will see a better line up like luke bryan and florida georgia line please do not bring blake shelton back time to move on just saying thankx

  • wayne ellis
    July 06, 2014 - 06:46

    I don't think a discount for 3 day pass holders is acceptable. I paid $1800 for 2 VIP passes and I expect that I should get a refund of 1/3 of the cost.

  • John
    July 05, 2014 - 22:03

    "Discount towards a 2015 pass?" I don't think so. I want a refund. "No refunds" means if the show goes ahead with the bands stated. Friday night one of the bands didn't show up. Today the show was canceled. Organizers cannot sell tickets to a concert, then cancel it and expect to keep the money for the tickets. They announced no refunds, then changed it to refunds on single day passes and "discount" towards 2015. I heard Shelton and Rucker canceled their hotel rooms on Friday. If so organizers knew they were going to be no shows but still planned to continue with the concert without them.

  • gail
    July 05, 2014 - 20:52

    I dont understand some people...they have too complain about everything and anything..they made the right decision too cancel tonights acts..I was up there last night picking people up and they are doing an awesome job!!! If they had of held the acts tonight than there would have been people anoid at that ..its a risk too buy tickets and we all hope for the best weather but mother nature is going too do what she wants too do..I just want too see everyone safe..after all safety first for my household!!

  • Amanda
    July 05, 2014 - 15:06

    Why do they continue to hold this in early July when the weather is always so unpredictable! Year after year, there has been rain and such. August is a way better time to hold this.

    • weather
      July 05, 2014 - 16:02

      There's no time where you can have an outdoor event where the weather is guaranteed to be good, Amanda. The hurricane season goes thru September. To date, in this history of the beach festival, I am not aware of any acts that have been cancelled.

    • ...
      July 05, 2014 - 16:19

      July's weather is not only predictable but also consistent.........

    • Lisa
      July 05, 2014 - 17:45

      Our Atlantic Hurricane Season is actually from June 1 through to November 30th. So if we waited until it was all over to plan an event nothing would happen on PEI at all in the Summer.

    • To Amanda
      July 05, 2014 - 18:11

      When should they have it? Perhaps January when it's minus 40. Or in March or April when it rained 4 out of 5 days. Let's face it....nobody can ever predict what the whether is going to be. Your comment is silly and pointless.

  • Charles
    July 05, 2014 - 14:37

    Total disregard of safety by organizers to allow this show to go on with an impending Hurricane.

    • huh
      July 05, 2014 - 15:07

      yet, the show is not yet going on. So what exactly are you talking about?

    • Hey Charles
      July 05, 2014 - 18:13

      Did you even read this article? Wow!

    • Morgan
      July 05, 2014 - 19:03

      In defense of the poster, this post was made when the non-updated article said everything was a go a 5pm, at that point I agreed with the poster. Shut things down while a tropical storm blows over!