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Outside Lands 2023: SOMA Tent closes for repairs

The SOMA Tent closed for the rest of the day after festivalgoers dancing to Nala splintered the plywood dance floor on Friday. | Source: Astrid Kane / The Standard

Outside Lands closed its popular dance venue on the first day of the festival until further notice, organizers confirmed.

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While a festival spokesperson didn't offer a reason for the closure, attendees said it stemmed from people dancing until the plywood floor cracked near the end of the time allotted to the artist VNSSA and just before Sama' Abdulhadi was to go on.

Festival personnel set up metal barriers around the tent in Marx Meadow and redirected people away from the area.

When reached for comment, organizers echoed a statement shared on the official Outside Lands Twitter/X account.

"The SOMA Tent was closed Friday afternoon to make a necessary repair," the statement read. "We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our guests and our artists. We’ll provide updates when they become available."

Some of the acts booked for the venue were offered spots on Saturday, but it's unclear whether those sets will take place in the SOMA Tent or elsewhere at the festival.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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