Music festival-goers were left frustrated after they were forced to evacuate the Rose Bowl due to the threat of a severe thunderstorm that never arrived on Saturday night.
Fans at the Cruel World festival had to leave the stadium without a roof after one National Weather Service warning went out just before 9:30 p.m. about a storm that threatened to produce strong winds, heavy downpours, lightning and small hail as it passed between Pasadena and Monrovia.
At the festival, the big screens showed a message about the impending bad weather, also asking people to leave the stadium quickly. The alarm came as Iggy Pop performed “The Passenger”, with his microphone cut off as an evacuation message was played over the loudspeakers.
“They announced it and that was it. We thought it was a joke, but everyone was like, ‘OK, the joke’s over.’ But they repeated it,” one festival-goer told NBC4.
The alarm and evacuation message happened before headliner Siouxsie Sioux could take the stage.
People were still leaving the Rose Bowl’s packed parking lot around midnight.
Tickets for the festival ranged between $159 and $800, with many fans hoping to get a refund.