The Roots’ SXSW concert cancelled due to ‘security concern’

The Roots cancelled their “Roots and Friends” show at the South by Southwest conference on Saturday night due to a “security concern” that multiple reports say was a bomb threat.

“Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s Bud Light x The RootsSXSW Jam,” show sponsor Bud Light/Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. “After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.”

Rolling Stone reports that it has confirmed the security concern was a bomb threat; Austin Police Department said more information would be made available on Twitter.

In a series of Tweets that were deleted within 20 minutes, Roots drummer Questlove wrote that the cancellation was due to a “severe emergency.”

“Uh, welp can’t say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight,” he wrote. “Tonight’s show has been cancelled. They’ll make official announcement but I’d rather save y’all the trouble of waiting in line.”

The Roots were scheduled to appear with Ludacris, Jessie Reyez, Rapsody, Dermot Kennedy and Tank and the Bangas.

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Music group The Roots attend the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0700 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kirk �Captain Kirk� Douglas, Stro Elliot, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, and Tariq �Black Thought� Trotter of The Roots during 'Name That Song Challenge' on June 26, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Questlove of the Roots perform during halftime of the NFC Championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Questlove of The Roots, Singer/songwriter Tim McGraw, Black Thought of The Roots, and Comedian Steve Higgins play a trivia game on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Questlove of The Roots performs in concert during The Roots Holiday tour at Coca-Cola Roxy on December 29, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson performed with The Roots at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, MD, on Sunday, August 13, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
OXON HILL, MD - AUGUST 13: Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots perform on August 13, 2017, at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0763 -- Pictured: (l-r) Damon Tuba Gooding Jr. Bryson, Ian Handrickson-Smith, James Kamal Gray, Dave Guy, James Poyser, Mark Kelley, Kirk Captain Kirk Douglas, Stro Elliot, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, Tariq Black Thought Trotter The Roots on October 27, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0792 -- Pictured: (center l-r) Actress Anna Kendrick, Singer Darlene Love, Host Jimmy Fallon with The Roots (black l-r) James ?Kamal? Gray, Stro Elliot, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, Tariq ?Black Thought? Trotter, James Poyser, Kirk ?Captain Kirk? Douglas, Mark Kelley, Damon ?Tuba Gooding Jr.? Bryson perform ''Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' with Classroom Instruments' on December 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 29: Questlove performs with Usher & The Roots during the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on April 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0603 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, media personality Michael Strahan, host Jimmy Fallon and Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson of The Roots play pyramid on January 16, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0614 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and Tariq ?Black Thought? Trotter of The Roots on January 31, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 23: Singer-songwriter Usher performs onstage with Questlove of The Roots during the Formula 1 USGP at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Questlove of The Roots performs during the Le Savoir multi-sensory dining experience at Skylight Clarkson SQ. on August 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0617 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chef Gordon Ramsay, host Jimmy Fallon and Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson of The Roots play secret ingredient game on February 3, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots attend the Le Savoir multi-sensory dining experience at Skylight Clarkson SQ. on August 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Black Thought, Questlove, Kamal Gray, Frank 'Knuckles' Walker, Damon 'Tuba Gooding Jr.', Bryson, James Poyser and Mark Kelley The Roots attend the 2016 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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