Spectators at the Electric Zoo concert reportedly rushed out the door on Sunday after organizers said the Randall’s Island venue had unexpectedly reached capacity and ticket holders would be turned away.
The chaotic scene unfolded during the final day of the three-day event, despite the first night being canceled just hours before the festival started.
“It is with deep regret that we must inform you that due to the difficulties caused by Friday’s cancellation, we have reached our venue capacity earlier than expected for today Sunday,” the statement said. . the organizers wrote in a message on X, formerly Twitter.
“For the safety and well-being of everyone on site, we will not be admitting any additional participants today.”
One attendee told Rolling Stone he rushed out the door after being told the venue had reached capacity.
“I will never come back,” Jeff Wang, 22, told the outlet. “The worst experience of my life.”
Social networks pictures would have shown crowds of young adults rushed to the entrance.
Another concert regular, Eileen Tayam, told Rolling Stone that her 32-year-old sister was among the large group who couldn’t enter. The brother and sister decided to head home as the crowds pushed through, Tayum said.
A security guard was vexed by the poor planning.
“All Ezoo employees are angry with Ezoo,” a security guard told the outlet. “Why would you sell too many tickets.”
No arrests were reported, New York police said.
The festival, headlined by some of EDM’s biggest names, said in another tweet that anyone who did not enter would receive a full refund.
Electric Zoo got off to a bad start when the organizers had to give up Friday’s festivities because the main stage was not built in time. The festival blamed it on “global supply chain disruptions”.
“On a more positive note, Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be truly magical,” the festival tweeted ahead of Sunday’s mess.
New York Post