So Manchester Orchestra almost died onstage over the weekend—and of course there’s video

There are three things in life that are unavoidable: death, taxes and Texas weather shifting on a dime. Manchester Orchestra learned that third thing the hard way on Saturday, April 18, as they headlined the outdoor festival Untapped at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas. According to reports, the weather looked ominous for a period of time that night but turned severe right as Manchester Orchestra took the stage, with rain, lightning and high winds (some fans have even said it was hailing). Here’s a fan-shot video of “Shake It Off,” the third and final song in Manchester’s abbreviated set. Notice the stage literally starting to blow away:

Here are some alternate views of the show stoppage—it looks seriously intense. In fact, frontman Andy Hull commented, “This was easily the scariest moment we’ve ever experienced onstage.” The band made the right decision in high-tailing it outta there.

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Thankfully, there were no reported injuries, with the exception of some of the band’s gear. The band posted this photo of the aftermath:

Manchester returns to the road starting in May for a slew of festival dates all across the U.S.; in the meantime, Andy Hull is heading out with Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue on a stripped down solo tour later this week. Dates:

Apr 21 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Apr 22 Loving Touch Ferndale, MI
Apr 23 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
Apr 24 The Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
Apr 25 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA
Apr 26 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
Apr 28 The Studio at Webster Hall New York, NY
Apr 29 Sixth and I Washington, DC
Apr 30 The Bell House Brooklyn, NY

May 07 St. Augustine Amphitheater St Augustine, FLw/ Brand New, Kevin Devine
May 08 Shaky Knees Music Festival Atlanta, GA
May 09 Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh, NC w/ Brand New
May 17 Skate And Surf Festival Asbury Park, NJ
Jun 07 Bunbury Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
Jun 19 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE
Jun 29 Ralston Arena Omaha, NE w/ Brand New
Jun 30 Cabooze Outdoor Plaza Minneapolis, MN w/ Brand New
Jul 02 Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica Cleveland, OH w/ Brand New
Jul 18 Sloss Music & Arts Festival Birmingham, AL
Jul 19 Sloss Music & Arts Festival Birmingham, AL