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CCMF organizers apologize on Twitter for Sam Hunt's early start

Source: Carolina Country Music Fest on Facebook Source: Carolina Country Music Fest on Facebook

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Carolina Country Music Fest organizers were apologizing to concert-goers on social media after Sam Hunt, Thursday's headlining performer, went on earlier than expected.

At 8:37 p.m., @CCMFLive tweeted: “Due to rain that might be rolling in we are having Sam Hunt on stage at 9:15! RT!” Hunt was originally scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Thursday.

In response to a tweet expressing disappointment that Sam Hunt went on 40 minutes earlier than he was expected to, @CCMFLive responded: “…We're sorry for the inconvenience. For everyone's safety from the impending weather, we moved it forward.”

Another fan posted on the CCMF Facebook page: "Disappointed in the time change. I have the app and wasn't notified. What's the point of having that if we aren't even told of the time/stage change? Lots of money for nothing? It's truly a shame. First MB Concert... Surely you'll work out the kinks. Just unfortunate to be the guinea pigs... Wouldn't mind hearing from the staff on this"

The response from the festival's Facebook page was: "We are sorry you're frustrated. We made the call to switch times because of incoming bad weather. The call was made at 8:40 and we did the best we could to get the word out. Again, we're very sorry you're disappointed, and we appreciate your feedback for the future."

Most of the complaints were met with a message that linked to the contact page of the festival's website.

According to First Alert Meteorologist Marla Branson, radar showed some storms striking at around 8 p.m., south of the concert venue, but by 10 p.m., radar was clear of storm activity.

People at the festival Friday also expressed their frustration with Thursday night's performance.

"We were all disappointed. We wanted to see the full show from him," Halle Wells said. "We thought he would do an encore and stuff but we were disappointed that that was all and we missed part of it."

CCMF Owner Bob Durkin did point out the concert was free for people who had already purchased the three-day ticket. He also said the set was longer than usual for Sam Hunt.

"He played a couple more songs than he normally would," Durkin said. "He said he had a great time. I think he's played to one of the biggest crowds he's ever played to for just a Sam Hunt show."

Thursday was the first night of the Carolina Country Music Fest, and featured artists Early Ray, Darrell Harwood, Dee Jay Silver, and Sam Hunt. Friday's performances include Rascal Flatts, Cole Swindell, Rodney Atkins, and the Georgia Satellites.

Marla says that there is a very slim chance of storms Friday evening, but things are looking for good at the festival venue.

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