Very scary. Hip-hop icons The Roots just pulled the plug on their show at SXSW after receiving a credible bomb threat. Here’s the latest.
A serious tragedy might have just been averted. The Roots just announced that their show scheduled for Saturday night, March 17, was cancelled after a bomb threat came in, according to hiphopdx.com. Bud Light, the brand sponsoring the event, released a statement to fans breaking the bad news, via Austin360.com. “Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam. After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.”
It’s also being reported, that bomb-sniffing dogs were brought into the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Austin, where The Roots, are staying, to thoroughly check the premises. There’s no word on if they found anything. Questlove, the drummer of the group tweeted and then deleted this message to fans: “& before ya’ll ask yes it was a severe emergency.” Truly chilling. Fans were already standing in line outside the venue when the news broke. Head here to see more photos from South By Southwest 2018.
Something is going on at SXSW. Questo deleted this after saying the concert was cancelled. Y’all stay alert. pic.twitter.com/QfcODcTY5J
— April (@ReignOfApril) March 18, 2018
Due to a security concern we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's event. Your safety and the safety of all fans at SXSW is our most important priority.
— Bud Light (@budlight) March 18, 2018
The city of Austin has been severely shaken in recent days by a series of package bombs which have already left 2 people dead and injured 2 more. Law enforcement believes that these attacks are racially motivated, according to Consequence of Sound. Thus far, all the victims have been either Hispanic or African American. This certainly explains why Austin’s Police Department isn’t taking any chances during one of the cities most beloved events.