Europe has laid claim to its own version of music festival catastrophe in what is being dubbed Fyre Festival 2.0.
Organisers of a Belgium music festival are being asked to explain themselves after hoards of festival-goers were left stranded and thousands of dollars out of pocket after arriving at VestiVille only to find out it had been cancelled.
The three-day festival was promoted as “the gateway to an Urban Oasis of Music, art and wonder” with acts like Cardi B, A$AP Rocky and Trey Songz headlining the event in Lommel, in Belgium’s Flemish region.
Attendees spent thousands on tickets, accommodation and flights for the festival only to be greeted by police, some with dogs, who tryed to keep them out of the grounds.
VestiVille organisers released a series of short statements on its social media pages citing security concerns behind Friday’s cancellation.
“After consultation with the security services and A$AP Rocky’s security officer, it was decided that the safety of the artist and the public could not be guaranteed,” one post read.
“Production and suppliers have given everything to make VestiVille possible. The campsite will remain open for the time being and an organised festival exit will be organised in consultation with the municipality.”
A$AP Rocky also released a statement about the failed event, announcing he wouldn’t be performing due to “security and infrastructure concerns”.
“The promoters told me it would be handled by unfortunately for you and me they didn’t,” the performer wrote online.
“I want to give my fans the best show ever but due to the infrastructure and security problems I will not be performing.”
The organisers also said they would have to “consult” official partners about offering refunds to those who bought tickets.