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SunFest ends on a soggy note

2 bands unable to play; Keith Urban delayed
Posted at 4:25 AM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 04:27:45-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — SunFest still managed to draw in thousands of people to West Palm Beach despite a weekend full of thunderstorms. The four-day music and art festival along the downtown waterfront was filled with people wearing ponchos and carrying umbrellas bracing for the intermittent rainfall.

“We came prepared. You can’t stay home just because of the rain,” said Linda Beauchain.


However, Sunday evening emotions started to get the best of some people after a few cancellations and delays.

“I want to be refunded for my ticket because this was the main concert that I came to see,” said Luciana Kress.

Kress said she spent the week leading up to SunFest listening to "Tears for Fears" songs in anticipation for their performance.

However, Sunfest officials wrote on its website and app Sunday that the show was canceled due to unsafe conditions on the South Stage. Unfortunately, they weren’t the only band affected.

The South Florida-based band, Citizen Badger, was forced to pack up as well.

“We were excited to be able to play. We put a lot of work in, definitely a bummer though,” said Citizen Badger lead singer Dayton Brinkley. “We were super stoked. This was our first time we would have performed a show this big actually."

Despite all the cancellations, fans still stuck around for other performances.

“As long as we see Keith Urban, that’s the main thing,” said Lynn Fergus.

Yet, 30 minutes before Keith Urban was to take the stage he posted on Facebook that weather had him stuck in Miami.

“I’ve been waiting all day in the rain, since 3:30,” said one fan.

For those who stuck around despite last-minute adjustments, they had no other choice but to laugh it off and make the best of a not so sunny time at this year’s SunFest.

“I always stay for the fireworks. I’m a little bit tired. I don’t want to stay, but I will,” said Jeremey Whittington.