Governors Ball is evacuated after thunderstorms

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Revelers sprint for cover as fierce thunderstorms lash the Governors Ball with acts including The Strokes and SZA cut and festival organizers promising refunds for final day washout The Governors Ball on Randall's Island festival in New York started badly after opening six hours late At 9.35pm promoters asked crowds to move towards exit gates due to storms with powerful winds expected Some festival-goers voiced their outrage after missing their favorite artists, including The Strokes and SZA

By James Gant For Mailonline

Published: 09:19 BST, 3 June 2019 | Updated: 15:40 BST, 3 June 2019

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Revelers have been left devastated after a severe thunderstorm forced the early closure of a New York City festival and meant they missed their favorite artists.

The Governors Ball on Randall's Island saw party-goers sent home last night before stars including The Strokes and SZA were scheduled to perform.

The storm was expected to whip up 60mph winds and produce large bolts of lightning as it was forecast to moved across the city until around 11pm.

The Governors Ball on Randall's Island saw party-goers sent home last night before stars including The Strokes and SZA were scheduled to perform. Severe weather was expected and organizers pulled the event

The Governors Ball on Randall's Island saw party-goers sent home last night before stars including The Strokes and SZA were scheduled to perform. Severe weather was expected and organizers pulled the event

They cued for hours in the sun as they waited for the festival's delayed opening at 6.30pm, but were evacuated in the rain after 9.35pm (pictured)

They cued for hours in the sun as they waited for the festival's delayed opening at 6.30pm, but were evacuated in the rain after 9.35pm (pictured) 

Revelers shelter under a tree as rain beats down last night in New York. The storm was expected to whip up 60mph winds and produced large bolts of lightning as it was forecast to moved across the city until around 11pm

Revelers shelter under a tree as rain beats down last night in New York. The storm was expected to whip up 60mph winds and produced large bolts of lightning as it was forecast to moved across the city until around 11pm

Flashback: This was the scene last year as revelers danced in the sun - in stark contrast to the dismal conditions this year

Flashback: This was the scene last year as revelers danced in the sun - in stark contrast to the dismal conditions this year

Promoters announced the news at 9.35pm through Twitter and stage screens and asked the crowds to move towards the exit gates.

The tweet assured people there would be refunds for the last day of the festival.

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