Published: Mon, March 19, 2018

Man Arrested for Bomb Threat That Shut Down SXSW Concert

Man Arrested for Bomb Threat That Shut Down SXSW Concert

A major South by Southwest show was canceled Sunday night just before it was supposed to start at 8 p.m., said fans who were turned away at the venue's door with guards telling them it was canceled for security reasons.

The email received at 4:23pm on Saturday targeted a venue space where the band The Roots was scheduled to perform, according to Dallas News. Rolling Stone reports that it has confirmed the security concern was a bomb threat; Austin Police Department said more information would be made available on Twitter.

"Due to a security concern, we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam", event sponsor Bud Light said in a statement.

Reappearing for a third year, the show was set to include performances by Ludacris, Jessie Reyez, Rapsody, Dermot Kennedy and Tank and the Bangas.


"Due to a security concern, we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam", an Anheuser-Busch representative told Rolling Stone in a statement. Although "no threat was found", the event's sponsor, Bud Light, opted to cancel the show. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Roots' drummer Questlove wrote - in now deleted tweets - that there was a severe emergency. Quest" posted a local news report on Twitter, adding, "no one is Mr. I'm sure we will return to Austin ladies and gentlemen. Police say there is no broader security concern related to this incident.

Over the last 10 days, there have been three reportedly related package explosions in the city, killing two African-American men and severely injuring a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.

The package-bomb cases have not been solved.

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