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Folk Festival act plays Edmonton's Needle Vinyl Tavern following storm evacuation

Folk Festival act plays Edmonton's Needle Vinyl Tavern following storm evacuation
From Global News - August 11, 2017

After thousands of people had to be evacuated from Edmontons Folk Music Festival Thursday night, employees at The Needle Vinyl Tavern were busy hatching a plan to try to partially save the show.

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Folk fest organizers made the call to cancel the final two performances after a storm blew into the city.

Twitter started getting wild, to say the least! I had my hands full, said Brittany Rudyck, an employee with the tavern. Were all big fans of folk fest here so it was bad news. But Twitter started going off and people started tweeting at us and asking if we would be hosting the show.

Rudyck said the attention was flattering but employees behind the scene were busy trying to make it happen.

Staff were able to turn around and prepare in record time, Rudyck said. There was an element of excitement rather than stress.

Employees were called in, security increased, the tavern was preppared- and by 11p.m., Shakey Graves was on stage.

He was supposed to play the festival at 9:40 p.m.

Very fast turnaround and quick flurry of events but I think we pulled it off. It was packed in here. It was a lot of fun. He played an amazing set.

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