OZY Fest organizers were aware that the festival would be hot, but didn’t know that temperatures would rise so much that they would have to cancel.
In the days leading up to the festival that was set to take place in Central Park over the weekend, the official Twitter account warned attendees to be prepared for uncomfortable levels of heat.
On Friday, however, the organizers were forced to shutdown the entire event due to a “city-wide heat emergency.”
“As many of you know, there is a city-wide heat emergency,” the OZY Fest handle tweeted. “OZY Fest will not be going ahead as scheduled this weekend. We are so disappointed and sorry that this has happened. We are currently working with the City to figure out alternative plans. We will be in touch with ticket holders and the media as soon as we have more information. Stay tuned.”
The event’s cancellation was confirmed by the New York City Mayor’s Office.
The cultural festival was to feature a diverse lineup including John Legend, Jamila Jameel, Trevor Noah, Padma Lakshmi, Mark Cuban, Megan Rapinoe, Spike Lee and others. Thirty minutes before the official cancellation, OZY Fest tweeted that “a limited number of Sunday tickets and weekend passes are still available, be sure to get yours today.”
Earlier on Friday, New York City Triathlon officials were forced to cancel the race due to unsafe temperatures and humidity.