Harry Styles’ Miami concert with Lizzo on Friday night was scrapped minutes before it was scheduled to begin when a massive storm hit.
Styles’ concert was to take place at Meridian at Island Gardens, a venue on Watson Island, situated between Miami and Miami Beach along the MacArthur Causeway.
The venue has since released a statement to ET Canada, which read: “We recognize that last night’s circumstances and the mandatory action taken were very disappointing to those in attendance and we sincerely apologize.
“The City of Miami Division of Emergency Management ordered the mandatory cancellation of all special events in temporary structures due to reports from the National Weather Service warning of the potential for strong winds, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. The mandatory evacuation came prior to Harry Styles taking the stage. Event personnel, in coordination with fire and police resources, managed the evacuation of guests onsite.”
Styles took to Twitter to explain the situation to disappointed fans, informing that because there’s “a severe storm on the way,” the “fire department would not let us do the show under any circumstances.”
Pepsi, which was sponsoring the show, also tweeted an apology, explaining that the concert had to “be cancelled due to extreme weather,” with authorities ordering “a mandatory evacuation in Miami across special event venues.”
Fans shared footage from the cancelled event, with some walking through ankle-deep water to make it to the exit, while others complained about inadequate facilities. Meanwhile, some wondered why event organizers waited until minutes before showtime to cancel, given that the severe weather had been predicted hours earlier.
Lady Gaga performed at the same venue on Saturday night.