On Saturday night, steady driving rains turned the dirt roads and fields of TomorrowWorld to mud stranding concert goers. Festival organizers decided to close the roads and cancel all shuttles traveling to and from the venue. Thousands of exhausted festival guests, trying to leave after Hardwell’s closing set, were left deserted. Reports state that the parking lots and drop off locations were flooded and inaccessible to outside cars. With no Ubers, taxis, shuttles, or outside vehicles allowed in, thousands of attendees were left stranded in the cold hard rain.
Some festival goers chose to walk 5 miles or more through dark, wooded roads to reach main roads to hail a cab or catch an Uber. Others weren’t so lucky and passed out in the mud or on top of cars. No further shelter was provided for those left. The several days of rain causes the organizers to cancel the Sunday event for those not camping in Dreamville, the onsite camping ground.
A festival attendee, who asked not to be identified, revealed the conditions of the DreamVille Campsite. “We had to get out,” the anonymous festivalgoer said, “It was a disaster. The tents were leaking and the floor was nothing but mud. On Sunday morning, we had to walk three miles off the campground and to civilization with all of our luggage, completely drenched. All of the festival employees were completely confused and unhelpful.”
On Sunday, September 27, TomorrowWorld issued this statement:
“Today, Sunday September 27, 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 TomorrowWorld’s 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.”
A note to visitors on the website said: ‘First of all we would like to sincerely apologize for the inconveniences due to the weather conditions and to all who couldn’t be part of the 3rd day of TomorrowWorld 2015. Continuous and unexpected 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, and has led to severe traffic congestion.The experience and safety of the TomorrowWorld visitors is and always was our top priority.’
In a statement, Tom Reed, the mayor of Chattahoochee Hills, said: ‘While the rain has obviously caused a mess, with serious parking and access issues, our Public Safety teams and their partners have been working tirelessly to maintain safety. Attendees are now continuing to safely leave the site…We have been in constant communication with the TomorrowWorld folks – once the load out procedure is completed, cleanup inside of the festival grounds will be a top priority. Our top priority now is ensuring that folks get home safely now that the festival has ended…A dissection of what went wrong, and a process to ensure it does not happen again, will follow.’
It is safe to assume that this TomorrowWorld will go down in history, but not in the good way! Hopefully the organizers will get themselves together and provide attendees next year with their promised “key to happiness”.