Amsterdam’s highly anticipated Awakenings festival faced an unfortunate turn of events as its final day on Sunday (9th July) had to be canceled due to severe weather conditions.
The festival made the difficult decision at 11:30 AM, based on weather forecasts provided by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute. The predictions indicated the likelihood of severe thunderstorms, strong gusts of wind, and the potential for large hail (measuring 2-4 cm) in the festival area. Concerns for the safety of attendees arose due to the risks posed by “large hailstones, lightning strikes, falling trees, and flying objects,” leading to the necessary cancellation.
In an official statement, Awakenings expressed their deep regret, emphasizing that the decision was made in the best interest of attendees’ safety. They acknowledged the disappointment caused and assured those who had purchased tickets for the final day that alternative solutions would be provided. Additionally, food and drink were offered to those who were already present at the campsite after having attended the festival’s preceding two days.
A subsequent update on Awakenings’ website at 06:30 PM on July 9th confirmed that everyone had been safely evacuated from harm’s way. The storm’s intensity had subsided, affirming the organizers’ conviction in their decision to prioritize visitor safety and well-being.
This year’s edition of Awakenings showcased an impressive lineup featuring renowned artists such as Patrick Mason, FJAAK, SPFDJ, Richie Hawtin, Karenn (Live), Seth Troxler, and many others. Unfortunately, all sets scheduled for Sunday, including performances by Chloé Caillet, Adiel, Shinedoe b2b Hemka, Robert Hood, Amelie Lens, and Honey Dijon, had to be canceled.
Notably, Awakenings introduced a new low-stimulus space this year, designed to accommodate visitors with disabilities and provide an inclusive experience for all attendees.
Written by: Artificial Intelligence Technology