Mark Chesnutt Tour Stop Cancellation Results in U.K. Storm Relief for Texas

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Forced to cancel his overseas appearance at a Millport, U.K. music festival due to flooding that ensued following Hurricane Harvey, country music traditionalist Mark Chesnutt remained with his family in his home state of Texas this past week, reaching out to fellow Texans and fans via social media.

Unable to leave his neighborhood in Beaumont due to the extreme nature of the flooding, Chesnutt posted to his Facebook page on August 31: “Due to Hurricane Harvey and the unsafe conditions around Beaumont and Houston I will be not be flying to Scotland for the Millsport festival. Tracie and are safe here at our house, we are certainly lucky. Please pray for the people here in the gulf area, and I want to send out a very big thank you to everyone who is helping out with the rescue efforts. We will survive #gulfstrong”

Mark Chesnutt Tour Stop Cancelled due to Harvey Result in U.K. Storm Relief for Texas

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The storm touched down in Beaumont on Sunday, August 27, dropping 20 inches of rain, with subsequent downpours into the early part of the following week. Flooding caused the loss of access to running water in the area as well as the closure of the Beaumont Airport, along with many other hardships for locals including damage to homes which has yet to be fully realized. In a recent press release, Chesnutt noted, “I’m safe and my family is safe, and we are among the lucky ones to have only sustained minor damage to our home. Though I am disappointed to cancel my appearances, I am mostly thankful for my fans everywhere and hope they’re safe too,” adding via his social media that he and his wife were praying for all of those that were hit really hard by the storm.

Mark Chesnutt Tour Stop Cancelled due to Harvey Result in U.K. Storm Relief for Texas

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In light of his cancellation, organizers at the Millport Festival posted notification that despite refunding fans for the date he was scheduled, they would be donating admission monies as well as T-shirt sale profits from the Sunday date towards Hurricane Harvey relief, including suggested donations per wristband of five pounds (approximately $6.50 U.S.) from fans. After ensuring it’s safe to do so, Chesnutt plans to return to the road on September 9 in Gstaad, Switzerland and will resume his touring schedule which sees him back in the U.S. mid-month and back in Texas beginning October 20, 2017.