Hurricane Matthew Forces Luke Bryan to Cancel First 2016 Farm Tour Date
Luke Bryan has been forced to call off the very first date of his 2016 Farm Tour.
The country superstar posted the news to his website on Tuesday (Oct. 4), letting fans know that the opening date, scheduled for Wednesday (Oct. 5) in South Carolina, will not go forward as planned, due to predictions about the weather.
The post reads as follows:
Due to the Hurricane Matthew evacuation orders that begin on Wednesday in the coastal areas of South Carolina that will impact the traffic routes to the farm, the Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016 at Culler Farms in Gaston, SC tomorrow, Oct 5, will be cancelled.
Full refunds will be provided within the next 72 hours with confirmation being sent via email.
Hurricane Matthew was classified as a Category 4 storm at 11AM ET on Tuesday, according to NBC News. The storm is the most powerful Atlantic tropical storm in nearly a decade, with sustained winds of 145 miles an hour. It hit Haiti just after 7AM on Tuesday, and experts say it could make landfall in the U.S. later in the week. NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins predicts the storm could be a “major hurricane” from Florida all the way to North Carolina, he said Tuesday, adding that fluctuations make projected impact uncertain.
Bryan was forced to repeatedly cancel Farm Tour dates in 2015 due to weather conditions, including one in Lexington, Ky., for which he apologized.
“Postponing a show is so difficult for me because I know it an inconvenience to the people that make my life amazing. The fans. Very sorry!” Bryan wrote.
“Rain is not a good thing when farmers are trying to harvest crops and I’m doing farm tour shows,” he added in another tweet.
He even had to cancel a date in South Carolina not once, but twice in 2015 after rains flooded much of the area.
“I know you guys are mad,” Bryan said at the time. “I am heartbroken. We schedule farm tour in October because it is historically the driest month of the year.”
So far there’s no indication as to if or when the 2016 Gaston, S.C., date might be re-scheduled. Bryan’s next Farm Tour date is slated for Thursday night (Oct. 6) in Greenback, Tenn.
Luke Bryan’s 2016 Farm Tour Dates:
Oct. 5 – Gaston, S.C. @ Culler Farms
Oct. 6 – Greenback, Tenn. @ Maple Lane Farms
Oct. 7 – Elizabethtown, Ky. @ Highland Farms
Oct. 8 – Monroeville, Ind. @ Spangler Farms
Oct. 12 – Batesville, Miss. @ FT Farms
Oct. 13 – Prairie Grove, Ark. @ Ogden Ranch
Oct. 14 – Centralia, Mo. @ Stowers Farm
Oct. 15 – Effingham, Ill. @ Mid America Motorworks