Photo via Twitter/EDMPocahontas
One of the year’s biggest parties turned into a festival-goer’s nightmare over the weekend as heavy rains closed roads and prevented thousands from entering or leaving EDM mega fest TomorrowWorld on Saturday.
As steady rains turned dirt roads and parking lot fields into mud on Saturday evening, festival organizers made the decision to not only close the roads, but cancel all hotel shuttles. With no way for Ubers or taxis to reach them and no shuttles coming to pick them up, thousands of wet, muddy attendees were left to fend for themselves.
As seen in the Twitter images below (via Festival Snobs), some chose to walk upwards of five miles through dark, wooded roads to reach main strips and hail a cab or ride share, while others simply passed out in the mud or on top of police cars. No additional shelter was provided for those stranded, nor any option for exiting besides walking the unlit roads out.
In order to avoid a similar situation on Sunday, TomorrowWorld limited access to only those camping in the on-site DreamVille location. The festival released a statement notifying commuting patrons that they would not be able to attend the event’s final day; despite this, however, thousands still showed up on Sunday, only to be turned away with tickets in hand.
Read TomorrowWorld’s statement here:
“Friends, Today – Sunday September 27 – Mother nature has decided otherwise… TomorrowWorld will only be accessible to visitors currently camping at DreamVille. Continuous rainfall over the last three days has severely limited capacity of the parking lots, entrance roads and drop off locations in and around the festival site. The experience of the TomorrowWorld visitors is always number one priority, so TomorrowWorld was forced to close all daily parking lots and drop off locations. TomorrowWorld regrets that festivalgoers with day tickets, guest list tickets, and anyone not already camping at DreamVille will unfortunately not be able to access the festival. The last day of the festival will go on for the 40,000 visitors already situated in DreamVille, with David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, and Martin Garrix all on deck. More information and refund policy will be available soon.”
That refund information has since gone live, with the festival offering refunds for all single-day passes (including parking, lockers, and shuttles), plus a 1/3 refund for anyone who purchased three-day passes. Full information on how to obtain a refund is available at the TomorrowWorld website.
Below, vicariously relive the nightmare situation via Twitter.