Brooklyn Stop Of Riot Fest Gets Rained Out

    Riot Fest, which came to Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn on Sept. 8, was rained out before any of the three headlining acts could take the stage.

    A pair of tornadoes touched down in New York City on Saturday, and the National Weather Service issued a severe storm warning for Queens and Brooklyn by mid-day, which ultimately resulted in the cancellation.

    Despite the warning, Riot Fest organizers stuck to their original plan of opening doors to the Brooklyn stop at 2 p.m., with the first band, Larry and His Flask, set to hit the stage at 3 p.m.

    For a while, it looked as if Mother Nature would be sporting a mohawk and Chuck Taylors for the day, as the rain and heavy winds held off long enough for The Menzingers, The Bronx and The Screaming Females to get their full sets in.

    But shortly before 6 p.m., an announcement was made that the site needed to be cleared due to heavy winds that presented a severe safety concern to concert attendees.

    Gogol Bordello did not perform, and a mass e-mail was immediately sent out that Hot Water Music and The Descendents would be performing a free show at Saint Vitus bar that evening, since both bands were unable to perform at Riot Fest due to the heavy winds.

    Unfortunately, Saint Vitus bar has a capacity of less than 400, so a long line of fans wrapped around the outside of the bar, and told to head home.

    Riot Fest officials announced that refunds are available at the point of purchase, and all Riot Fest Brooklyn tickets will be honored at the Chicago stop of the tour on Sept. 15-16.