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People Are Seriously Bummed After A Huge NYC Music Festival Was Cancelled Over Weather

Sorry, Kanye fans.

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The Governor's Ball, or "GovBall," is a big, annual, three-day music festival held on New York City's Randall's Island. This year, it featured artists like The Killers, Lord Huron, and Beck.

Instagram: @govballnyc

On Sunday, festival-goers were slated to see Kanye West and Death Cab for Cutie perform. But in the morning the festival announced its third day was cancelled due to rain and the possibility of lightning.

Instagram: @govballnyc

The festival organizers said they made the decision to cancel the event because the "safety of fans, artists and crew always comes first."

"We are just as devastated as you," they said.

The organizers had reason to be cautious. Just this weekend, dozens of people were injured by a lightning strike at a German music festival.

In March, a 28-year-old woman died after lightning struck her tent at the T-Bois Blues Festival in Louisiana.

GovBall organizers said that one-day ticket holders would receive a full refund, and three-day ticket holders would get a partial refund due to the cancellation.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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