Atlanta's first Afropunk Fest canceled

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI

The debut of Afropunk Fest in Atlanta is going to have to wait – the event has been canceled due to impending bad weather.

A statement from the event’s organizers stated, ”Site operations and build  have been greatly impeded due to heavy rains throughout the week, with more inclement weather in the forecast for the next several days. These unfortunate and challenging circumstances are preventing us from presenting a world class experience that measures up to our reputation and providing a safe, welcoming environment for all involved.”

This weekend’s forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain on Saturday and a 50 percent chance on Sunday.

All tickets will be refunded automatically at point of purchase.

About 10,000 people were expected to attend the two-day festival in Atlanta's Central Park. Afropunk Fest is a Brooklyn mainstay that would have celebrated its first year in Atlanta with a solid lineup of R&B and hip-hop acts including D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Tyler, The CreatorDeath Grips and Public Enemy.

Festival found Matthew Morgan also said in the statement, "Safety is always the #1 concern for any of our festivals, nothing is more important. Over the course of the past 10 years of Afropunk's existence, there has never been a serious injury on site and we plan to keep it that way with this tough decision to cancel the fest. We're looking forward to Afropunk Atlanta 2016."

 Perhaps organizers took a look at the fallout from TomorrowWorld last weekend and decided to cut their losses early.

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