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Pitchfork Music Festival back on after sudden downpour postpones fun

Concert-goers were urged to seek shelter in surrounding businesses when a potentially dangerous storm blew through the city, causing the festival to briefly close.

Fans wait out the rain at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2019 outside Union Park.
Fans wait out the rain at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2019 outside Union Park. The festival was postponed for more than an hour due to severe weather.
Santiago Covarrubias/For the Sun-Times

A forecast of severe thunderstorms and a sudden downpour postponed acts Saturday for more than an hour at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park.

Concert-goers were told to leave the park about 5 p.m. following weather alerts for a fast-moving storm, according to the festival’s official Twitter account.

Attendees were urged to seek shelter at businesses on Randolph Street.

Festival officials announced the gates would re-open about 6:30 p.m. and the show would go on.