Japanese festival Labyrinth has been forced to cancel its first day this Saturday due to the forecasted Super Typhoon Hagibis.
It's expected that the typhoon will bring 90 MPH winds and heavy rain. "The levels of rain now projected on Saturday are extremely high across a large part of the country," said the festival's promoter, Mindgames, adding "it is now clear that trying to start the event on Saturday would not be safe".
Mindgames' statement continues: "On Sunday morning, as soon as we can assess the situation, we will announce the music start time. We don't know when that will be, but our team will be doing whatever it takes to enable the earliest start possible. We have worked through typhoons in the past, and we will do so again."
The festival is now expected to begin at 10AM this Sunday, October 13th and will run into the next day. It's not yet clear how the first day's cancellation will affect the overall programming.
Batu, DJ Nobu and Peter Van Hoesen are amongst those lined up to DJ at the event, while Donato Dozzy, Surgeon and more will play live sets. Last year, Mindgames made the decision to keep the lineup secret until the event began.
You can read the festival's latest statement in full below.
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[Important Announcement] Hi everyone, Yesterday we announced we would not cancel the event since the typhoon will be gone Sunday morning, but that we would continue to monitor the situation regarding Saturday. The levels of rain now projected on Saturday are extremely high across a large part of the country, so it is now clear that trying to start the event on Saturday would not be safe. As a result, The Labyrinth will now begin on Sunday after the typhoon has passed. Please be aware of the following changes: 1. The parking lot opens at 10am on Sunday morning. The parking lot will be closed on Saturday--please do NOT try to come early. 2. The shuttle bus from the parking lot to the venue also starts at 10am on Sunday. 3. Those with auto-camping reservations can drive into the campground at the same time, 10am. 4. Entry into the campground is not possible on Saturday. 5. Those with Tokyo bus tour reservations will be receiving instructions directly from Banana on changes to departure times. Those with hotel reservations still leaving on the Saturday bus will be dropped off at your hotel, and you can go directly to the venue Sunday morning. Campers will be leaving Tokyo on Sunday morning. If any of the above times change, we will indicate with an announcement. On Sunday morning, as soon as we can assess the situation, we will announce the music start time. We don’t know when that will be, but our team will be doing whatever it takes to enable the earliest start possible. We have worked through typhoons in the past, and we will do so again. Rest assured we remain committed to building this year’s Labyrinth. We build this for those who have waited one year in expectation of these days, and we build this for those who have traveled far. We believe our plan is safe, and we look forward to hearing our sound system sing at that special time of day, 台風一過. Mindgames