Ultra Music Festival in Miami has been dubbed ‘Fyre Festival 2’ by some attendees, after 50,000 ticket holders were left stranded with no transport home on Friday.
The festival also saw a surprise appearance by ‘DJ Colonel Sanders’, as a bemused crowd was entertained by a performer wearing a huge helmet in the likeness of KFC’s founder and ambassador.
The annual music festival takes place on Virginia Key, an island off the coast of Miami. But, according to the Miami Herald, only 200 buses had been booked by organisers, capable of seating around 11,000 guests.
The remainder of those in attendance were forced to undertake a 5km walk back to the mainland, in a mass exodus past 1am in the morning.
— Stereogum (@stereogum) 31 March 2019
The organisers responded with a statement, saying: “Last night, many of you experienced challenging transportation conditions leaving the festival.
“This is unacceptable and inconsistent with the high standards you have come to expect from us. For this, we are sorry.”
“As you might expect, we have already been working cooperatively with our city and county partners to promptly address and resolve these issues.
“We look forward to offering you a significantly improved transportation experience today and throughout the weekend, and we appreciate the opportunity to earn back your confidence and trust.”
— Abhi Punj (@misspunjabhi) 30 March 2019