Arrest Made For SXSW Bomb Threat, Roots Cancellation

Apparently the 26-year-old emailed Live Nation on Saturday afternoon claiming that a bomb was planted at the Fair Market venue. Of course, the event space was searched, but Gov. Greg Abbott's office said "no threat was found".

The SXSW is a music/arts/technology festival that takes place annually in Austin, Texas.

"There are no indications of any broader security concerns for any activities relating to this incident", the report adds.

In a tweet around 9:40 p.m., Bud Light said the performance was canceled Saturday night due to a "security concern". "Tonight's show has been canceled", he wrote, before nixing the tweet.

"Due to a security concern, we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam", an Anheuser-Busch representative said in a statement. According to authorities, "Austin Police Department began monitoring the threat and responded to the location. They'll make official announcement but I'd rather save y'all the trouble of waiting in line".

Ludacris, Dermot Kennedy, Jessie Reyez, Rapsody, Tank & the Bangas were among the musical performers and groups booked to perform alongside The Roots.

Bud Light, the show's main sponsor, and SXSW both confirmed the cancellation on Twitter. "Thanks for understanding", he tweeted. The blast may have been triggered by a tripwire, police say.

The state capital has been on high alert all month as four package bombs have exploded, including one last night (Mar. 18), which injured two men. Not only were the materials used in making those bombs quite similar, those packages were all left on the victims' porch in the early hours of morning.

  • Joey Payne