American Music Festival cancels all Friday concerts due to weather

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The American Music Festival has canceled all shows scheduled for Friday due to high winds and rain at the Oceanfront.

The show at the 5th Street Main Stage featuring 311, Big Something and Jesse Chong was called off during the afternoon, along with the free performance by the TFC Band on the 17th Street Stage.

Mike Hilton, Director of Marketing for beach events, said they wanted to ensure artists and patrons were safe.

“Very sad, absolutely very sad,” said Joni McGranahan, who traveled from Richmond to see 311.

McGranahan had traveled to the festival to see them last year, too, but Tropical Storm Hermine canceled that show.

“Missed it then, missed it again this year.”

Free performances scheduled at 24th and 31st streets were originally set to go on. But in the early evening, all of the shows were canceled.

The American Music Festival says decisions to move or cancel Saturday and Sunday’s shows will be made based on the weather.

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