Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel a planned performance at Asunciónico after her plane was struck by lightning while en route to the Paraguayan music festival, which itself has been put on ice due to inclement weather.
29-year-old Miley Cyrus took to social media to inform fans of the scary occurrence, indicating that her aircraft had been “caught in a major unexpected storm and struck by lighting” on the way to Asunciónico, which was set to return for the first time since 2019.
Cyrus also posted a brief clip of the “shocking” ordeal, with onlookers gasping in surprise as lightning illuminates the night sky and flashes through an airplane window.
Thankfully, the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter, who was supposed to play Asunciónico alongside Lollapalooza 2022 acts Doja Cat, Jane’s Addiction, and Machine Gun Kelly, likewise specified that she and the other passengers were “safe after an emergency landing” in an undisclosed location.
“We were unfortunately unable to fly into Paraguay,” Cyrus elaborated shortly thereafter, including with the message a photo of the lightning-damaged plane. “I LOVE YOU.”
In addition to keeping Miley Cyrus out of Paraguay (population 7.13 million), the dangerous weather prompted Asunciónico higher-ups to nix their festival’s first day, March 22nd, before axing all performances on the 23rd as well.
“To all our followers and friends,” begins a Spanish-language message posted to the Asunciónico Instagram account just hours ago, “After evaluating all the possible ways to carry out Day 2, we are sad to communicate that the festival is finally canceled.
“The severe weather conditions that hit the metropolitan area hard yesterday and the weather forecast for today, announcing that the rains and electrical storms will persist, pose insurmountable obstacles to logistics and production, and represent a risk for attendees, artists and staff,” continues a translation of the notice to would-be attendees.
“We thank you very much for your support and patience while waiting for the news. On Monday, March 28th, we will be reporting on the ticket return process. Please keep your bracelets and tickets (proof of sale) that were not redeemed in order to access the refund.
“Thank you very much for understanding. We hope to meet again at Asunciónico 2023!” concludes the post.
According to online weather reports, Paraguay’s capital city (and the site of Asunciónico), Asunción, saw its temperature reach a high of 91 degrees today, besides facing stiff winds and “isolated thunderstorms.”
Yesterday, the IFPI’s annual report for the global recorded music industry relayed that Latin America had achieved 31.2 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2021, second only to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Within the former region, Brazil (population 213 million) and Mexico (population 129 million) accounted for 66.5 percent of income.