Elements Festival Turned Into a Disaster

Say what you want to about the cancellation of . But if you were wondering what the festival might have looked like if it carried on, look no further than the Elements Festival of Lakewood, Pennsylvania. 

The Fourth Annual Elements Festival, which boasted headliners Chris Lake, Claude Von Stroke, and Diplo, failed to deliver a cohesive event in the face of Hurricane Ida. The aftermath of the hurricane created a logistical nightmare for event organizers and was even worse for festival attendees. Wait times exceeded 12 hours on the first day, and some people did not get in at all.

Festival Organizers were apologetic with a Facebook post saying this:

“Hi everyone 💖 we would like to take a moment to sincerely apologize for how difficult it was to get into the festival yesterday for some of our community, the logistics team is adapting and working in real time to come up with solutions for any arrival/parking issues that arise from the aftermath of the hurricane.”

Facing the Elements

The social media storm has followed. A Facebook group called ‘Elements Shit Show 2021’ now has over 3500 followers. The new page offers an outlet for frustrated festival-goers to air their grievances with the festival. 

Similarly, the Festive Owl has been on top of covering the public despair around the event. 

Some have compared this debacle to the infamous Fyre Fest of 2017. Some claim that the festival was overbooked with people who had pivoted away from the canceled Bonnaroo. Others claimed that there was no food or water, the festival was understaffed and overpromised. And there have been countless requests for refunds citing “neglectful conduct”. 

Cars were buried in mud, and promised onsite parking turned into delayed shuttle, with long wait times to get in to the festival. The list doesn’t end there. Employees without masks on golf carts mocking those waiting in line. An alleged man in a g-string flashing people. What a fiasco.

So much for a lakefront paradise. 

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