Something Wicked Rained Out

Heavy rains forced the cancellation of a Halloween-themed dance music festival at Sam Houston Racepark in Houston Oct. 24-25.

Artists including Above & BeyondDJ SnakeJack ÜSteve Aoki, and dozens more were to play the Something Wicked festival, which was canceled the first day over “threatening weather conditions” including rainfall, flooding and a flash flood warning.

Organizers on Oct. 25 called off the second day as well. “The decision to cancel Day 2 adheres to numerous weather reports and warnings. Fan and employee safety are paramount,” they wrote. “Thank you for your understanding during these trying times.

“Our goal was to create, together with our fans, the best weekend of the year, and it pains us that we were not able to provide the Something Wicked experience. Please stay safe this weekend.”

The statement also noted refund information is forthcoming.

Houston Press reporter Jack Gorman surveyed the soggy festival grounds the morning of Oct. 25, agreeing that organizers Disco Donnie Presents, Nightculture, Stereo Live made the right call in canceling the event.

“The Bass Crypt stage viewing area was completely submerged,” Gorman wrote. “It would have produced some great Internet memes involving the mythical underwater city of Atlantis, but not of fans having a great time. The dangers involved with standing water are huge, especially when combined with the electricity necessary to run the shows and the trash produced by thousands of dancing people. It would have become an electric cesspool of glitter and glowsticks.”