Miranda Lambert addresses fans after WE Fest 2022 concert canceled

Danielle Salt August 8, 2022
Miranda Lambert addresses fans after WE Fest 2022 concert canceled
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Miranda Lambert’s headline slot at WE Fest was cancelled last minute at the weekend, much to fans’ disappointment. She responded via Instagram with a heartfelt post.

WE Fest is a country music festival that takes place every August in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Known for its great line-up of country artists, food, and ten camping grounds, visitors attend the festival from around the world to share their love of country music.

Recent headliners include Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Eric Church and Tim McGraw.

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What Happened at WE Fest 2022?

Drawing up to 55,000 fans a day, WE Fest was cancelled because of severe weather.

Minnesota is known for some of the most varied weather in the US because of its location in the Upper Midwest. Local radio station WJON FM warned festival-goers: “Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible from 6pm to 11pm on Friday. The main hazards are 1.75in hail, 70mph wind gusts, and localized flash flooding.”

Heavy wind, rain, thunder and lightning were due to hit the area and festival-goers were asked to return to their campsite or vehicles to wait the storm out in a safe place.

Miranda Lambert’s WE Fest appearance cancelled last minute

Even though Miranda Lambert got to the festival early enough to avoid the stormy weather, she didn’t get the chance to headline.

The severe weather was a cause for concern as WE Fest’s management made the tough decision to cancel Miranda’s slot to ensure festival-goers’ safety.

“When you have lemons you get lemonade. It really ended up being a real team-building experience for our security team and management team because we had to work so closely with such hard decisions to make,” Mark Bjerke, general manager of WE Fest, told Valley News Live.

“Miranda Lambert was such a trooper. She sat in her bus until midnight. She was ready to go and prepped. Her band was ready to go. Unfortunately, authorities made the call and we just couldn’t.”

Fans’ disappointment at the cancellation of Lambert’s headline slot led her to release this statement:

One fan commented: “Drove to Canada to see her… she canceled. WE Fest weather… canceled. Guess I’m not meant to see Miranda.”

Another wrote” “We were soooooo bummed!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭”

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Other Miranda Lambert concerts scheduled for 2022

Despite the cancellation, Lambert is still booked for some upcoming concerts this year.

Her next gig will be at the ATLive in Atlanta on November 12. Lambert also has an up and coming stint of performances in Las Vegas starting in September through to April 9, 2023.

In 2021, Lambert worked with with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall on The Marfa Tapes, which was nominated for Best Country Album at the Grammy Awards this year. Lambert has three Grammys, most recently winning Best Country Album in 2021 for Wildcard.

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