A bomb threat forced The Roots' South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas to be canceled Saturday. Per Variety, a man identified as Trevor Weldon Ingram emailed the entertainment company to report a bomb planted at the festival's Fair Market venue. Although "no threat was found", the event's sponsor, Bud Light, opted to cancel the show.
Sunday, 10:30 am EST Update: According to NY Daily News, the bomb threat was a hoax from a 26-year-old male, Trevor Ingram, who e-mailed event organizers a threatening message ahead of the performance on Saturday afternoon.
The Roots were expected to appear with Ludacris, Rapsody, Jesse Reyes and more.
"Due to a security concern, we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam", show sponsor Bud Light/Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. On Twitter, the Austin Police Department issued a dew warnings for SXSW attendees: to be aware of their surroundings, to travel in groups or pairs, have the venues mapped out, especially exists, and to make sure to report suspicious content.
'No one is Mr "show must go on" than me. Police say there is no indication of any ongoing security threat related to this incident. Thanks for understanding, ' Bandmember Questlove wrote. According to the Austin Police Department's public statement, "Just after 11 pm, police arrested a suspect that may have been connected to the threat".
The news follows the killing of two people in three package-bomb explosions in Austin this past month.