Folk Fest shuts down early as windstorm hits Edmonton

Strong winds ended Edmonton Folk Music Festival’s opening night a little earlier than planned Thursday.

Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Folk Fest asked all patrons to evacuate the site immediately as Environment Canada reported 59 km/h wind gusts, with predictions of 80 km/h winds and thunderstorms.

Shakey Graves, as well as The Decemberists, were not able to perform, but a news release Thursday night said patrons will be given refunds and the performers will be invited to play next year. Details of the refund will be determined later.

Tarps are expected to be back on the hill at Gallagher Park on Friday.

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In 2016, an inquiry report into the 2009 death of Donna Moore, 35, at Big Valley Jamboree recommended national design standards for temporary stages.

Moore was crushed  by heavy speakers after wind gusts of 100 km/h struck the outdoor country music festival in Camrose. The report found worn ratchet straps caused the stage to collapse.

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