5 Festivals That Turned Into Hilarious Disasters
These days, it can seem like the world is more divided than ever. That's why everyone who didn't actually attend remembers the Fyre Festival so fondly, as people from all walks of life came together to laugh at wealthy Instagram celebrities sobbing in horror at the sight of a somewhat unpleasant lunch. But don't worry! There are plenty of other hilarious festival trainwrecks out there. For example...
Normal Rain Turned An EDM Fest Into The Walking Dead
Held on an isolated farm in rural Georgia, TomorrowWorld billed itself as one of the biggest electronic music festivals in America. The first two years went off without a hitch, so guests flocked to the 2015 event, hoping to enjoy the classic EDM experience (overpaying for what turns out to be a Flintstones vitamin with an "E" scratched into it while pizza-preneur Steve Aoki frantically tries to explain why his speakers briefly started playing a gardening podcast). But they had no idea of the grueling ordeal that lay in wait, as TomorrowWorld 2015 was turned into a horror movie-level hellscape by a terrifying and unexpected event: scattered showers!
We're not kidding about the "post-apocalyptic hellscape" part either -- you can actually put "and then the crows came" after every sentence for the rest of this entry and it won't seem out of place at all. The rain turned the site into a muddy bog, which would have been manageable, but then the organizers suddenly announced that they would no longer be able to provide the shuttle service that was supposed to take non-campers back into Atlanta on Saturday, stranding everyone in the middle of nowhere as night arrived. Thousands of drunk EDM fans ended up stumbling for miles through dark and muddy woods, desperately seeking a way out. Some people collapsed and had to be carried, while others gave up and slept in the forest without shelter.
Witnesses described seeing "Walking Dead hordes" of increasingly hungover and dehydrated David Guetta fans moving listlessly through the trees. Others described it as "like the Hunger Games," which is hopefully an exaggeration, unless surviving staff from the face-painting tent disguised themselves as rocks to hide from bands of spear-wielding feral teens. Once the march hit a road, people banged on bus windows and lay down in the road to stop vehicles from driving away without them. Desperate marchers pooled cash and formed competing alliances trying to bribe drivers to take them out. Ubers and cabs flocked to the area, charging a small fortune to ferry the wealthier revelers to safety. Which might actually be a fun glimpse of the real Tomorrow World, if the worst predictions about climate change are on the money.
Some people actually went back for the third day, presumably as part of a life insurance scam, only for organizers to announce the festival was now closed to anyone not already camping out, at which point the enraged crowd tried to charge the gate. Local authorities blamed promoter incompetence for the problems, while the promoters themselves blamed "Mother Nature." Bear in mind, there weren't massive flash floods washing away the world of man or anything, this all happened because of mildly heavy rain. The festival has not been held since.
The Same Guy Keeps Running Stunningly Terrible Food Festivals
While Billy McFarland remains the gold standard for a disastrous festival boss, there is one man -- we won't say hero, because what's a hero? -- who has dedicated his life to outdoing the Fyre Festival itself. Meet Ishmael Osekre, who has spent years roving up and down the East Coast on an epic quest to stage the most hilariously bleak food festivals known to man. He first came to widespread attention following the 2017 NYC Pizza Festival, which was supposed to be a "daylong celebration of pizza," but instead turned into a social experiment about how long Facebook foodies would last in a POW camp. Imagine looking into this lot and deciding to queue: