Fyre Festival 2? According to a few festival-goers who attended the Ultra Music Fest in Miami said it sure felt that way after they were left stranded once the event ended on Friday! Thousands of people came out for the first day of the music event which was being held on Virginia Key, a tiny island directly south of Miami Beach, attached to the shore by a long, two-lane bridge. Many people said they actually had a great time at the festival but when it was all over and time to leave, things turned out to be a complete disaster because they had to walk miles to reach their homes, hotels and hostels. Ultra Festival staff had recommended festival-goers to take the Metrorail and Metromover as the ideal mode for transportation. But, when it came to shuttle buses there was nothing but chaos. Thousands of concertgoers reportedly waited hours for shuttles off Virginia Key island but had to walk four miles back to downtown Miami along the Rickenbacker Causeway to hail rides. The buses that did come only held 55 people at a time. Organizers had apparently laid on more than 200 buses for people to reach the downtown area, but that only took care of around 11,000 attendees and people just did not want to wait. Organizer followed up with a statement shortly after to apologize to everyone for the major inconvenience. They also promised to come up with a better plan for the next two days.
“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,” organizers wrote Saturday afternoon. “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.”
“Changes to the transportation plan are being implemented today,” Miami Commissioner Ken Russell said in a statement. “I’m hopeful that plan will be much improved and the City will not have more of a disruption than experienced yesterday and early this morning.”