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Thousands stranded overnight in music festival 'from hell' with 'overflowing toilets', claims of sexual assault and mud-bath camping grounds that left them sleeping on top of cars

Thousands of TomorrowWorld goers stranded overnight in music festival from hell

  • Organizers offered refunds to Sunday's ticketholders due to bad weather
  • But those who tried to leave after Saturday night's last set left stranded 
  • Rain hampered parking fields, shuttle bus system and pick-up locations 
  • Those who weren't camping on-site were left with no food, water or shelter
  • They were forced to walk for miles to find alternative transport or sleep on wet, muddy grass and on the side of the roads 

Thousands of festival-goers were left stranded at TomorrowWorld and forced to sleep on top of cars and on wet and muddy grass.

Organizers of the event offered refunds for Sunday’s ticketholders as the bad weather made the last day of the three-day electronic dance music festival inaccessible.

But those who tried to leave after Saturday night’s closing set were left waiting in the rain for hours as poor planning led to traffic congestion around the festival site in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

Thousands of festival-goers were left stranded at TomorrowWorld and forced to sleep on top of cars and on wet and muddy grass on Saturday night

Thousands of festival-goers were left stranded at TomorrowWorld and forced to sleep on top of cars and on wet and muddy grass on Saturday night

Those who were not camping on-site had no food, water or shelter and were unable to leave due to poor planning on the part of the organizers

Those who were not camping on-site had no food, water or shelter and were unable to leave due to poor planning on the part of the organizers

The festival was only accessible to visitors in the DreamVille on-site camping area after heavy rain hampered the event’s parking fields, drop-off locations and shuttle bus system.

According to Mashable.com, people were unable to escape the 8,000-acre site because organizers prevented cabs, Uber cars, and shuttle buses from approaching pick-up locations.

Poor preparation by organizers meant those who were not camping on site were left with no food, water or shelter.

Many took to Facebook and Twitter to report their nightmarish experience as they were left with no other options but to walk miles to find another means of transport or sleep in the muddy fields.

There were also allegations on social media that girls who were left stranded on the side of the road were sexually assaulted. 

Chattahoochee Hills police and TomorrowWorld organizers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the alleged attacks.

One Twitter user said: '@TomorrowWorld Nice going charging VIP price and offering the homeless experience. Thousands of people sleeping on the road. #NotMagical'

Sarah Gray said the festival was the 'worst experience ever' and posted this meme on a Facebook page that sprung up called 'TomorrowWorld 2015 Sucks'

Sarah Gray said the festival was the 'worst experience ever' and posted this meme on a Facebook page that sprung up called 'TomorrowWorld 2015 Sucks'

Many took to Facebook and Twitter to report their nightmarish experience as they were left with no other options but to walk miles to find another means of transport or sleep in the muddy fields
Many took to Facebook and Twitter to report their nightmarish experience as they were left with no other options but to walk miles to find another means of transport or sleep in the muddy fields

Many took to Facebook and Twitter to report their nightmarish experience as they were left with no other options but to walk miles to find another means of transport or sleep in the muddy fields

Another added: 'People of @TomorrowWorld stranded sitting for hours waiting for shuttles/uber some even sleeping in the mud.'

Some posted pictures and memes of the hellish situation to a Facebook group that sprung up in light of the problems, called ‘TomorrowWorld 2015 Sucks’.

Sarah Gray said: 'I saw golf carts flipped over, others trying to push wheelchairs through the mud, people throwing up, and much more. 

She added: 'Worst experience ever.’ 

But some didn't let the conditions stop them from enjoying the festival.

Chad Hamlin wrote on the Facebook page: 'I had a hell of a time. I survived the drenched tents, wet sleeping bags, mud, muck, ponchos and terrible port a johns. 

'BUT, I made the best of it, raved on and was thankful for the fact that the rain stopped on Friday and Saturday. That said, I was fortunate not to have to deal with the disastrous shuttles, etc.'

The festival was expected to attract 180,000 visitors but only around 40,000 campers remained on the grounds to watch the last day’s performances, Mashable reported.

TomorrowWorld organizers said Sunday tickets will be refunded entirely and automatically, including service, shipping and payment fees, AP reported.

Single-day tickets cost $145, according to TomorrowWorld's website.

Single-day tickets cost $145, according to TomorrowWorld's website. Pictured: festival-goers enjoy the music on Saturday in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

Single-day tickets cost $145, according to TomorrowWorld's website. Pictured: festival-goers enjoy the music on Saturday in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

The festival was expected to attract 180,000 visitors but only around 40,000 campers remained on the grounds to watch the last day’s performances

The festival was expected to attract 180,000 visitors but only around 40,000 campers remained on the grounds to watch the last day’s performances

A statement to visitors on the website said: ‘First of all we would like to sincerely apologize for the inconveniences due to the weather conditions and to all who couldn’t be part of the 3rd day of TomorrowWorld 2015.

‘Continuous and unexpected rainfall over the last three days has severely limited capacity of the parking lots, entrance roads, and drop off locations in and around the festival site, and has led to severe traffic congestion.

‘The experience and safety of the TomorrowWorld visitors is and always was our top priority.’ 

In a statement, Tom Reed, the mayor of Chattahoochee Hills, said: 'While the rain (compounded by serious promoter communication issues and transportation vendor failures) has obviously caused a mess, with serious parking and access issues, our Public Safety teams and their partners have been working tirelessly to maintain safety. Attendees are now continuing to safely (if slowly) leave the site.

'We have been in constant communication with the TomorrowWorld folks – once the load out procedure is completed, cleanup inside (and more importantly OUTSIDE) of the festival grounds will be a top priority.

'Our top priority now is ensuring that folks get home safely now that the festival has ended.'

He added: 'A dissection of what went wrong, and a process to ensure it does not happen again, will follow.'

TomorrowWorld is one of the largest music festivals in Europe, which has made a splash since crossing over into the United States a couple years ago.

This year, it offered visitors 300 internationally renowned electronic dance music DJs from David Guetta to Afrojack along with NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal 

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