When Ultra Music Festival Miami turns into Fyre Festival
When the self-proclaimed world's leading electronic music festival turns into the worst experience you can ever image.
A music festival is not about stages and lineups only; there is way more around it, like water stations, restrooms, food, and transports. If Ultra Miami is the leading EDM music festival for what concerns lineup and stages, this year edition was the worst one when talking about transportation services.
With the festival moving from Bayfront Park to Virginia Key, Ultra figured out a bus shuttle service that, in theory, should have brought people from the three hubs in Miami to the Key. The service should have run continuously during the entire duration of the festival. And it was but, as you may expect, the number of shuttle buses was way too low compared to the amount of people getting in and out Virginia Key.
Lines at the shuttle buses started to increase around 2 pm with waiting time of hours. This wasn’t the problem anyway because somehow, you could reach Virginia Key by just waiting.
The real madness, though, came at the end of the festival.
Ultra set up a special division of people called Ultra Transport that, in theory, should have known routes and times. Well, no one knew anything. Shuttle buses stopped randomly, drivers didn’t know which hub they were supposed to reach and, because of the huge amount of people exiting the festival at 2 am, the traffic on Virginia Key’s bridge was stuck, and shuttle buses with it.
As you may image, at this point, people started walking down the bridge back on the mainland.