Ultra Miami 2019 day 1 described as “Fyre Fest 2.0”
A chaotic Ultra Miami 2019 left attendees stranded on the festival’s island; ring a bell?
There’s a golden place where dreams and logistic meet, unfortunately for Ultra it went up in flames.
Last Friday marked day 1 of the iconic Ultra Festival in Miami, its flagship location. However for the 2019 edition the festival location was moved to Florida’s Virginia Key, a 863-acre barrier island in Miami.
Although the production was top-notch, the weather was sweet and the tunes banging, revellers are labelling Ultra Fest Miami as “Fyre Fest 2.0” because approximately 50 000 ticketholders were stranded on the island because of a botched shuttle service.
It was mayhem as frustrated (and intoxicated) revellers scrambled to get on one of the 200 hired coaches while some decided to make the trek on foot, walking more than 2 miles (3.2 km) across the Rickenbacker Causeway back to Miami.
Naturally, festival goers took to Twitter to tweet their disappointment:
One attendee wrote “.@ultra 2019 or Fyre Fest 2.0? Only one way off this island at 2am w/ zero transportation. 80k+ people stranded. #Ultra2019″, while another wrote: “@ultra just turned into fyre festival. No way off this island and @ultra staff ignoring questions.”
Ultra organisers released the following statement on Saturday, March 30:
“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.”
Let’s also not forget the corporate stunt from KFC with the “set” DJ Colonel Sanders, which is a cringe-burger in its own right.
Ultra Miami 2019 didn’t go up in flames, but rather got a tad charred.
— Duke (@DukeAmazin) March 30, 2019
.@ultra 2019 or Fyre Fest 2.0?
— Branden Williams (@BWilliams_38) March 30, 2019