Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
14 August 2012 11:07
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were among those playing at the festival
Dangerous storms and high winds forced the temporary suspension of the Lollapalooza music festival, as tens of thousands of fans were evacuated to emergency shelters in Chicago.
The three-day rock festival at the Windy City's Grant Park was temporarily suspended on Saturday after gusts of up to 70mph were reported to be sweeping through the Illinois region.
Meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss said winds of up to 55mph were recorded at the National Weather Service at its Illinois base in Romeoville before powering through Chicago, with estimated speeds reaching as high as 70mph.
Shelby Meade, who promoted the rock music extravaganza, said: "Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists. We regret having to suspend any show but safety always comes first."
The festival was held up for more than three hours before the worst of the weather had passed through Chicago before heading over Lake Michigan and northern Indiana.
Police directed an estimated 200,000 festival-goers away from Grant Park towards three shelter sites in underground garages along Michigan Avenue while the storm passed.
Tourists will have been keeping their
travel insurance documents close to their chest as the storm passed through before play could resume later on Saturday evening.
Copyright Press Association 2012
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.