I’ve been following @EDMPocohontas for about a year now because she’s such an active fan, oft getting retweeted by some of her favorite DJ’s, and as of this weekend she’s become the most relevant EDM gonzo photo-journalist on the scene. Basically every horrific photo you’ve seen from the Biblical flood at Tomorrowworld was taken by this young, Baltimore-based raver.
While all the esteemed members of the blogger-press were hiding/dick-riding backstage at the artist compound in what must have been the functional equivalent of a DJ’s Noah’s Ark, Pocohontas was out getting the real story. Her photos and eye-witness account is cited on every major blog writing about the incident, she describes a cluster-fuck nightmare in the dark, wet, freezing woods where a lack of clear and honest communication between event organizers, security, and transportation companies resulted in what can only be described as an IRL scene from Raver Walking Dead.
Another Reddit user writes, “Ppl were walking through the woods just to exit. Im sure what they did was highly illegal. A riot was about to break out. I was only able to get out by the woods then paid a shuttle money to let us on. Once in the parking lot, we waited two hours to get out. Fuck this festival. I wouldn’t be surprised if they got sued by a bunch of ppl.” Shoutout Less Than 3 for mapping out the route stranded fest-goers had to take, a 9 mile hike through a forest dark and full of terrors.
Countless photos like the ones below have since surfaced painting pictures of 100,000 plus kids drunk and on drugs walking 5+ hours with no food or water, many eventually just giving up and taking refuge anywhere they could find. When I saw the numbers on this fest at 190k attendees, (CORRECTION: only 40-55k each day were in attendance, those numbers everyone’s throwing around based on total festival entries over all 3 days) I thought that sounded like an unreasonable number. But since Tomorrowworld is SFX’s only profitable event in the US, it makes total sense that they would want get as much bang for their buck as possible. And here we are folks, between this shitshow and the cancellation of One Tribe, the SFX firesale seems inevitable. Pick up your favorite European rave franchise for pennies on the dollar starting Q1 of next year and host your very own refugee rave!
UPDATE: I was admittedly LOL-ing at this whole scene until I saw the following update. This is as bad as it gets, Fam – sending all my love to those who can only be described as victims of this unbelievably dangerous logistics failure.