Lightning cancels Friday Mudbug Music Festival in Natchez

Published 10:02 pm Friday, May 13, 2022

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NATCHEZ — Mudbug Music Festival-goers were able to enjoy a couple of hours of carnival fun and music from Red and the Revelers before lighting put a damper on the festivities.

“It got to the point that every thirty minutes we’d get a call from the National Weather Service,” said SG Ashcraft, Marketing Guru for Ardenland. “Whenever there’s a strike of lighting, we have to hold off for 30 minutes before they can play again. Due to noise ordinances, we had to cancel if the show got pushed past 9:30 p.m. so it is canceled for today.”

Ardenland has not announced yet if refunds will be issued. They are still “working out the details,” and an official announcement will be made soon, she said.

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In the meantime, Red and the Revelers is continuing the party at Smoots.

Saturday’s lineup includes Cody Jinks, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Lucinda Williams, The Wild Feathers and YZ Ealey. Gates open at 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service’s forecast for Natchez Saturday includes mostly sunny skies with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. That drops down to a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms later in the evening before 1 a.m.