Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is being called ‘Fyre Fest 2.0’ after its first night descended into chaos when 50,000 people were left stranded on an island for hours

Guests attend Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park on March 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida, was compared to the disastrous Fyre Festival after 50,000 people were left stranded on an island for hours due to transportation problems.

The festival, which kicked off on Friday and cost $400 for a three-day pass, was dubbed “Fyre Festival 2.0” after concertgoers posted videos on Twitter showing the chaotic ending of the event’s first night.

A long line for the event’s 200 shuttle buses left tens of thousands of concertgoers stuck on Virginia Key island for hours after the last show ended at 2 a.m., according to the New York Post.

Some people waited hours for the bus, while others walked or ran four miles across the Rickenbacker Causeway back to Miami.

Meanwhile, a tree caught fire as revelers waited to exit the event.

People compared the event to Fyre Festival, where attendees who were promised a luxurious experience in the Bahamas were instead greeted with FEMA tents and cheese sandwiches.

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Branden Williams@BWilliams_38

.@ultra 2019 or Fyre Fest 2.0?

Only one way off this island at 2am w/ zero transportation. 80k+ people stranded. #Ultra2019

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@ultra just turned into fyre festival.

No way off this island and @ultra staff ignoring questions

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Grant Donovan@grantdonovan12

Live look at Ultra’s transportation team: #FyreFestival2

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@ultra almost feels like #FyreFestival #Ultra and it’s only day 1

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Abhi Punj@misspunjabhi

.@ultra you have 30k people doing a 5k walk back to mainland. This has to be sorted for tomorrow! #fyrefestival2 #fail

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People are exhausted from walking across the bridge WTF!? @ultra #ultra2019 #fyrefestival2

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Chaos getting on the bus! #Ultra2019

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Good thread from @joeflech showing how @ultra turned into Fyre Fest lite with people stranded on Virginia Key (at least they could walk over a bridge to get out) https://twitter.com/joeflech/status/1111784842029662209?s=19 

Joey Flechas

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Gettin on the bus near the old Miami Herald site to head to Virginia Key #Ultra2019. There are lots of buses lined up here. I got on one to head to the main stage. It’s almost full.

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The festival issued an apology on Twitter on Saturday, saying it was working to fix transportation issues for the rest of the weekend.

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

Last night, many of you experienced challenging transportation conditions leaving the festival. This is unacceptable and inconsistent with the high standards you have come to expect from us. For this, we are sorry.

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As you might expect, we have already been working cooperatively with our city and county partners to promptly address and resolve these issues.

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We look forward to offering you a significantly improved transportation experience today and throughout the weekend, and we appreciate the opportunity to earn back your confidence and trust.

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On Saturday the event ended with less disruption after officials reorganized traffic lines, according to the Miami Herald.

The festival said on Twitter that it was also offering after-party events and keeping food vendors open later so concertgoers had something to do during the mass exodus at the end of the night.

This is the first year the festival was held on Virginia Key. It was moved from Bayfront Park after mainland residents complained about the event’s noise.

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