Festival spokeswomen have confirmed that the third day of the music and arts festival at the that was to take place Sunday has been called off, citing a forecast for bad weather, safety concerns and the further damage to the reservation's powwow grounds that continuing the festival would cause.
"This decision is based on flash flooding occurring last evening and power outages on the reservation this morning around 11 a.m." Shinnecock Trustee Frederick C. Bess wrote in a statement.
"Out of respect for our gracious hosts, The Shinnecock Nation, we made this difficult but necessary decision per their request," organizers said on the Escape to New York website. "All festival patrons who have purchased Sunday tickets, including event, parking and/or brunch tickets and were unable to attend E2NY due to this cancellation, can contact their ticket vendor for their Sunday ticket refund." Information with three-day pass-holders is pending.
Ticket-holders are invited to on County Road 39, where The Jolly Boys will perform. A spokeswoman said earlier that Savoir Adore would perform as well, but the band is not mentioned in the statement on the festival website. The time has yet to be announced.
The festival has used the Elks site all weekend for camping and "glamping," glamorous camping with room service and other amenities.
Back at the reservation, rain overnight left much of the powwow grounds soaked, and vehicles and foot traffic have torn up a significant amount of turf, one month before the Shinnecocks' annual powwow on Labor Day Weekend.
"The conditions on site include power outages pooling of water and damage to the land," Bess said.
Organizers had announced on the festival website Sunday morning that the gates were opening late, then in the afternoon put up a second update saying the gates were further delayed. Official word that it was called off came around 4:50 p.m., but workers had started breaking down the main stage even earlier.