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Riot Fest concert in Byers delayed due to storms

BYERS, Colo. — The Riot Fest Denver music festival was evacuated for more than two hours Sunday evening as harsh storms swept through the tiny town of Byers.

The two-day festival, held at May Farms, began Saturday. The venue offers very little in the way of shelter, so fans were evacuated to their cars, according to the festival’s Twitter feed. Shuttle buses were also used to shelter fans. After the initial order was given about 6:30 p.m., gates were reopened about 8:40 p.m.

It was initially unclear how the weather would affect the rest of the concert, which was expected to draw tens of thousands of people.

Sunday night’s acts were set to include Blink-182, Public Enemy and Devotchka. The festival visited just three cities this year: Denver, Chicago and Toronto.

View photos from Saturday’s event below.