Everything you could think of as terrible, happened to these festivals and it was bad!
It’s that time of the year when festival season is at its peak all over the world with newbies attending their first ever festival, they’re bound to run into a few unexpected bumps. But in a few instances, those bumps turn out to be huge craters that could swallow you whole into a huge pit of disaster! Sounds fun, right? See the disasters that’ll make you thank the stars for your festival experiences so far:
1. Fyre Festival 2017
The list couldn’t be complete without the most talked about festival disaster which was Fyre! Festival goers were not expecting to be stranded on an island with limited food, bugs, bloody mattresses and the most awful conditions which was a complete 180 degree turn from the promised luxury of the the festival. What a bloody mess!
2. BPM Festival 2017
Mexico’s Playa del Carmen was the host for the long running BPM festival but it took an ugly turn this year as multiple shots were fired by the notorious Zeta Cartel at the venue and the streets, hitting people attending the festival as well as people on the road. An estimated five people were killed in the process and upto 15 were injured. The incident led to a ban of music festivals in Playa del Carmen.
3. TomorrowWorld 2015
Georgia’s TomorrowWorld two years ago curated a great line-up of artists that included Kaskade, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, David Guetta, Tiësto, Martin Garrix and Hardwell, but the extreme weather not only ruined the living conditions of the camp but left over 40,000 people stranded with nowhere to go! The 8,000 acre farm was inaccessible to cars and shuttles due to the rain. The organizers apologized for the mess and limited the following shows to those who could make it back.
4. Hudson Project 2014
The famous Winston Farm, the same location for Woodstock, was the venue for Hudson Project which suffered the same fate as mentioned above with storms but the whole festival came to a halt after the ground turned into a car-trapping hazard where people were stuck in their vehicles for over 12 hours just to get out! Not a joyride we’re guessing.
5. SXSW 2017
South By South West faced it’s worse nightmare after Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven prominent Islamic countries which led the festival to a number of musicians being denied entry into USA for their performance and in a few instances, artists pulled out of their scheduled performances as a sign of protest. SXSW reportedly notified the appropriate U.S. immigration authorities with regards to the actions and apologized for the last minute panic.
6. Hard Summer 2016
The festival was already under controversy due to two students’ death after drug overdosing at the festival which was forced to change its location to Fontana but the change clearly didn’t do much as three more individuals dies due to MDMA toxicity. The number of drug-related deaths at festivals is at an all time high, be careful out there everyone.
7. Electric Daisy Carnival 2010
The EDM festival held in Los Angeles left a number of people desperate to see the incredible artist roster which included Deadmau5, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Wolfgang Gartner, Will.i.am, Sean Tyas, Afro Jack and more even though it had an 16 and above age restriction. This led to utter chaos which saw the police hold off multiple entries but a 15 year old girl managed to sneak in and lost her life due to acute drug intoxication.
8. Love Parade 2010
Love Parade was a rave staple but the edition held in Germany seven years ago was held in a smaller location that its previous years which could not hold the estimated strength of 1.4 million attendees, funneling the entry. A rush towards the entryway led to people tumbling down the staircase and getting trampled and crushed. This led to 21 deaths due to suffocation and over 500 injuries. The event then was permanently canceled by Love Parade organiser Rainier Schiller.