TomorrowWorld claimed to be a dreamland for dance music fans across the world, but this year it turned into a dangerous nightmare thanks to poor weather and even worse management.
The three-day festival, located in the forests of Chattahoochee Hills just outside of Atlanta, was peppered with continuous rainfall and thunderstorms throughout the event. As a result of the severe weather conditions, TomorrowWorld announced that only campers in Dreamville would be allowed into the festival on day three, barring all single-day wristband holders. The once 190,000-person mega festival was effectively reduced to 40,000 campers overnight.
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While that is certainly a huge disappointment for the festival, what organizers did not reveal was just how poorly planned and dangerous the event had become. Angry and distraught festivalgoers took to social media to reveal the full extent of TomorrowWorld’s negligence and failure. Following the conclusion of Hardwell’s closing set on day two, thousands of exhausted attendees were forced to walk five to 10 miles through the mud in the cold rain in an attempt to leave the event. Organizers blocked cabs, Uber rides, and bus shuttles from arriving at pick-up spots due to poor road conditions, and non-campers were left without basic shelter, food, and water. Some people eventually slept on pizza boxes, on top of cars, or on the wet ground.
While Mother Nature can be a fickle mistress, this kind of mismanagement is inexcusable, especially from one of the largest dance music events in the world. One festivalgoer who is a lawyer is planning on filing suit against TomorrowWorld for endangering the lives of its patrons. She is encouraging those who also suffered through “extremely dangerous and unsafe conditions” to join her.
For more photo evidence of the unmitigated disaster, click here.
We mapped out the treacherous journey TomorrowWorld attendees had to take Saturday Night.