GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Severe weather caused the party at Jones Park on Friday evening to completely shut down. Around 8:30 p.m., organizers of the Gulfport Music Festival were forced to suspend the concert due to heavy rain and lightning.
Before the event was forced to end due to safety concerns, thousands of people came out and were able to enjoy the show for a short time.
There was plenty to do at the music festival, but one thing people seem to have a common love for is the live music and a great time. Some concert goers even traveled from miles away, like Ricky Fedele from Louisiana.
"Just the Gulfport Music Festival, I just wanted to come party," Fedele said excitedly.
Amy Morgan and her family have come to experience their first music festival on the Coast. They said one star in the music lineup brought them down all the way from Lawrence County.
"Kid Rock," Louis Helton said with laughter.
"Kid Rock, tomorrow night," Amy Morgan said.
Before the big storm hit, the crowd was rocking and having a good time, which is what officials like to see.
"Everything's running great. Everyone's having a great time. The lineup is so diverse everybody's got somebody to see. See, there's lots of families here, lots of food vendors. There's carnival rides, something for everyone," Gulfport Public Information Officer Chris Vignes said.
As far as security, Vignes said with a full staff, everything ran smoothly.
"This is the fourth time we've had the Gulfport Music Fest. They've really got it down to a science. They've really got it figured out, and we've seen a great turnout," Vignes said. "We've had no problems to report. Everyone's having a good time."
Despite the unwanted shower, organizers and attendees hope the good time continues through the weekend.
Gates open on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Organizers say anyone with a ticket to the Friday night show will be able to use it to get into the show Saturday.