Super Bowl half time show was not the only event that came under scrutiny during the Super Bowl weekend this past weekend. several Events rained out and were evacuated due to thunderstorms.
The melee began at the gate, which was supposed to open at 3 p.m. Fans formed a line but weren’t allowed entry until more than an hour later past the advertised time, around 4:15 p.m., when the first batch of performers was supposed to begin taking the stage.
Miami Herald Reports: Planet Pepsi Zero Sugar concert featuring Lizzo and Harry Styles was partially canceled and guests were ushered out onto the muddied streets of Watson Island as the rain continued to come down. When a thunderstorm warning was put into effect, the venue had to be evacuated. Vewtopia Music Festival’s and SuperFest Miami LIVE’s fest in Miami Gardens was also rained out, on the first night. Vewtopia was originally scheduled to take place at Marlins Park, but a week before the event was added to SuperFest Miami LIVE, a fanfest that took place in Miami Gardens close to the Hard Rock Stadium.
Music industry giants were set to perform throughout the two-day music festival with Friday being the kickoff and seeing headliners like Chris Brown, Megan Thee Stallion and Ty Dolla $ign. Those acts were a no show. However, Vewtopia didn’t explain the artists’ absence until the following day via tweet.
Due to unforseen circumstances outside of our control, a lighting advisory issued by Dade County impacted our ability to deliver the amazing concert experience we planned.
We sincerly apologize for the… https://t.co/PJYXWYjSu3
— VEWTOPIA Music Festival (@vewtopia) February 1, 2020
“Due to last night’s unforeseeable circumstances outside of the organizer’s control, a lightening advisory was issued and the concert could not continue under the circumstances,” Vewtopia Miami said in a statement the following day.
Although Megan Thee Stallion wasn’t at Vewtopia, she did perform at The Dome, a nightclub in Miami, with Gucci Mane on Friday night.
DAY 2: On the second night the organizers seem to move forward without any issues, as Migos, Cardi B, Koffee, Shenseea and others made major splash on to the center stage at the Miami Gardens Stadium. Shenseea hit the stage, and was quite interactive with the crowd–which sang along with several of her hits, including ‘Blessed’ and ‘Trending Gyal’. Often going by her moniker, ‘Shenyeng’, Shenseea certainly has proved her mettle in recent years as being a highly acclaimed dancehall artist. In 2019 ‘Shenyeng’ was the top streaming artist for the year with over 230 million streams in total. Shenseea hit song “Blessed’, also made Rihanna’s play list.
One of the most anticipated performances of the night included Koffee, who is fresh off of her 2020 historic Grammy win. Koffee wrapped up the Vewtopia’s Jamaican musical segment in grand style. Koffee‘s recent Grammy win was historic in that she is the first female ever to take home music’s most coveted trophy for ‘Best Reggae Album’. On stage at Vewtopia, Koffee fittingly strutted her stuff while singing her hit ‘Rapture’–which is also the title of her Grammy-winning album. Not surprisingly, the massive audience was tipped into a raucous frenzy with water bottles being flung high in the sky when Koffee closed her set with the infectious ‘Toast’…”We nuh rise and boast…gratitude is a must!”
Cardi B made a late entrance as teh headliner of the festival. She did not disappoint, with her back up dancers and elaborate stage set to highlight her songs Bodack Yellow, I like it, Money, and more.
It was a spectacular finale for the initially troubled festival. Though Friday was a mess, Saturday saw the organizers pull things together to produce a gratifying experience for visitors and locals alike, who were able to see performances by some of today’s most popular contemporary acts.
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