The UK’s Fyre Festival descends into chaos as torrential downpours batter an event


A music festival was thrown into chaos when guests were reportedly crushed trying to flee during a torrential rainstorm, one attendee has claimed.

Dave Parry was among thousands who packed up for Love Saves the Day in Bristol over the anniversary weekend, but because it was almost entirely outdoors when the skies opened, he said chaos ensued.

He described it as similar to the chaotic Fyre Festival that became the subject of a Netflix documentary.

The acts were forced to rest on Friday (June 3) due to rain while festival-goers tried to shelter themselves from a frantic mass exodus under everything they could, Dave said.

The 36-year-old, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, attended with four friends and said he couldn’t understand why better provisions weren’t made – if there had been tents in previous years.

Scores of angry attendees have taken to social media to take to the festival, posting photos and videos of the conditions.

“There were no ponchos to buy and festival goers were forced to seek shelter everywhere including toilets, under bins, under benches, under signage,” Dave told the Mirror.

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People shelter from the rain at the Loves Saves The Day festival


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“And the drinks bar was overrun, forcing people to get crushed and the bar was knocked over while security and staff were videotaping and laughing in the heat.

He said: “Security staff were abusive and aggressive towards festival goers who tried to take shelter. Prisoners of war are treated better.”

Dave – who has been there every year since 2016 and said they always had multiple tents before – said people’s lips turned blue because they were so cold from the rain that lasted over two hours.

He continued: “As we tried to leave, there was a slaughter with people being crushed in the crowd. This festival was on par with Fyre Festival in terms of organisation.”

The festival started on Thursday.

Dave and his friends had paid £66 each for day tickets and arrived between 3pm and 4pm.

The participants are said to have been treated worse than prisoners of war at the event


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“For about half an hour the skies opened up and it rained nonstop for two hours, real torrential rain, and then chaos ensued,” explained Dave.

“There was no shelter anywhere.

“People were tearing off trash can lids, holding trash can lids over their heads, people were emptying trash cans and taking the trash bags and carrying them.

“People huddled under benches, people ripped signs off the walls and carried the signs over their heads.”

He said the bar is one of the few areas with cover but only one person deep.

As people poured in, the bar was knocked over and Dave said staff – standing in a protected area behind it – “found it hilarious and had their phones out just to film us while they laughed”.

He said: “People were asking to be let into the bar to have some shelter and they said ‘no, get out’.”

Festival-goers seek shelter under makeshift umbrellas


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Dave claimed security staff got “really angry” and yelled at people who refused to get up on the main festival site to get soaked.

“They were really abusive towards people who just wanted some protection,” he said.

He described people clinging to tree trunks as they tried to take cover, but security guards “pulled them off the trees… and told them not to hug the trees.”

“People were pleading and saying, ‘You have a roll of garbage bags, can we use some garbage bags?’ and they said ‘this is just for garbage’.”

Dave said, “I went to the welfare tent and said ‘look my friends are blue, their lips are blue, they’re shaking uncontrollably’.”

Dave said there was a crush as people rushed to the buses


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He claims they said they couldn’t come in and that the area was for medical emergencies only.

“At that point we said we have to go, we have to go, but everybody had this idea at that point and it was just a huge mass exodus,” Dave said.

“Thousands of people are all trying to get on these buses and people are being crushed.

“People have panic attacks and they get pushed against the wall.

“When we left, they made it clear to us that there was absolutely no re-entry, but it was such a mess that it would have been a mission to get back in anyway.”

Thousands of music fans crowded the festival site as the rain sparked a mass exodus


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Dave continued, “I’ve been to a lot of festivals but this one really packs a punch, it was really badly organised. The fact that there was no accommodation.”

He said even when they arrived the music being played “wasn’t quite right…no bass came out” and speculated that this was because the speakers had been damaged during the previous night’s rain.

“It was also a bit of a sh*** show in that regard. There wasn’t even a shelter for the artists. The main stages were not under protection at all. It just wasn’t safe for her to perform.”

Dave said organizers’ alleged claims that the presence of tents and cover would “spoil the aesthetic” were “bulls*** they’ve had tents every year”.

Festival organizers told Der Spiegel between 6pm and 7pm that “a large number of participants have started to abandon the event due to the adverse weather conditions”.

“Although the situation was changing quickly, all teams on site worked hard to manage the changing flow of people as they headed home or sheltered from the rain.

“It was our priority to make sure everyone who left got home safely and we were able to safely continue the show for everyone who stayed, including some great headlines.

“While the number of people leaving the country suddenly increased, we were not informed of any injuries either on site or in the queues in front of the buses.

“Despite the challenging conditions, our safety management plan for the event was not compromised at any point. Our team dynamically worked together to manage the situation and the impact of the weather.

“We were forced to close bars temporarily as people seeking shelter filled the tents.

“These no longer served as a preventative security measure as it was not possible to accommodate people and run the bars at the same time. We have reopened as soon as appropriate.”

The spokesperson said the two stages – which were open air – were “temporarily closed” meaning two acts could not perform – although 83 other scheduled acts did.

“All the headliners were able to perform that night and the majority of the audience stayed until the end to enjoy some incredible performances,” they continued.

“Many of the trees at Ashton Court are protected by law and were fenced off by Heras (which is the case for all shows held at this venue) and had to be replaced when people removed them.

“The welfare and medical tents have always been kept free for festival-goers in need of medical assistance. This is a vital part of the festival infrastructure and could not be used as a shelter.”

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