UPDATED: The airfield outside streetwear tradeshow Bread & Butter was evacuated after the show had closed last night as a safety precaution after a severe weather warning was issued. However business was not affected as the show itself had already closed its doors and the event reopened this morning as normal.
Warnings to exit the venue were made over the tannoy at around 8pm on Wednesday, the second day of the three-day trade fair being held Airport-Berlin Templehof, after the first of B&B’s on-site evening concerts had finished.
A spokeswoman for the show said that the show had received a warning of winds up to gale-force 9 and thunderstorms were close by. As a result, organisers ended the evening’s events early purely as a precaution. She said there were no further weather warnings and the rest of the event and tonight’s evening entertainment would not be affected.
A visitor said the sky darkened and the wind picked up before a heavy rainfall. But the storms actually missed the event and the weather warning only lasted for an hour and a half.
The show had already officially closed for the day but hundreds of exhibitors and visitors were enjoying after-hours live music and networking at the on-site outdoor bar.
Juls Dawson, key account manager at young fashion brand Gio-Goi said: “It went really dark and they must have thought there was going to be a massive thunderstorm and they started covering everything up.”
Bread & Butter issued this statement on its website today:
“Due to severe weather alerts the airport grounds of the Berlin-Tempelhof Airport had to be cleared after the concert of the Tijuana Rocksteady Rebels at the BREAD & BUTTER SUPER NIGHTS last night.
We apologize that Retro Stefson and DJ Forty could not perform.
The security of our visitors comes first!
We are very much looking forward to the third BREAD & BUTTER SUPER NIGHTS with Quadron, DJ Paulo Boghosian and DJ Phono Plays Daft Punk!”
Bread & Butter said that fewer than 1,000 people were affected.