Spilt Milk is called a “sh** show” for its chaotic music and lack of safety precautions.
Attendees at a major music festival in Australia have criticized it as a “absolute sh** show.”
One of Australia’s most well-attended music festivals was panned by attendees.
They said that the massive concerts on the Gold Coast and in Canberra were ruined by poor crowd control, poor sound, and an outbreak of a potentially fatal disease.
On social media, self-proclaimed festival organizers at Spilt Milk on Australia’s Gold Coast expressed their disappointment that the $150 one-day event had been ruined by disorder.
Festival suffers a “logistical disaster”
A total of over 35,000 people showed up to the event on Sunday, and things got off to a rocky start almost immediately. Hundreds of people arrived at the festival, but the organizers kept them waiting in line for over an hour before opening the gates.
Tiktok users complained that the opening band “Peach Fur” performed to an empty audience. You better have a good explanation for that.
The delay was caused, organizers said, because of safety concerns.
They announced on the official Spilt Milk Facebook page that the festival’s opening time had been pushed back an hour due to “the hectic wind” on the Gold Coast this past week.
After waiting another 45 minutes, they announced, “The gates are now open.”
With only one entrance to the festival, traffic on the Gold Coast’s main street was backed up for over a kilometer. A TikTok user named @billierosewhite shared that she had to spend $180 on an Uber ride to the terminal.
Ms. White, who calls herself a “festival girly,” has accused the event’s organizers of overselling tickets and claims she was made to choose between a 45-minute wait for a bathroom and missing the show.
She remarked, “I felt like cattle being herded.” They were mosh-ing, as the saying goes. We were all crammed in there like sardines, and it was getting to the point where people were passing out.
Brandon Cunningham, a local of the Gold Coast, attended the festival and said it was “pain staking,” especially because he had to miss his friends’ band, Peach Fur.
He told the Gold Coast Bulletin, “It was quite upsetting to see patrons come to support the music scene and the livelihoods of bands all to be thrown around at the mercy of a logistical disaster, with Australian music month just passing and the industry finally on the road to recovery from Covid.”
The festival’s sound system was top-notch.
Some attendees complained that the commotion made it impossible to hear the band play.
The two Australian DJ headliners, Fisher and Flume, were scheduled to perform at the same time, leaving fans to choose between the acts.
According to Tiktokker user @keirashley1, Flume’s audio system “wasn’t on.”
They had “the worst planning in the history of ever,” she said.
Those who didn’t like the show could be seen in another video cramming into shuttle buses and leaving in a hurry.
A video with an overlay reading, “Half of the crowd leaving before 10 because even right in front of the Flume stage all you could hear was Fisher,” was shown.
Supporters receive $800 in fines
Spilt Milk’s internal venues charged $25 for a vodka Redbull, while attendees complained about alleged $800 fines for bringing alcohol into the event.
Although there were no drug-detection dogs present, Ms. White noted that those found in possession of alcoholic beverages were subject to a $800 fine and ejection from the festival grounds. Again, there were no canine companions. Spilled Milk, where are your priorities?
The government has issued a warning due to an ongoing disease outbreak.
Meanwhile, the week before the Spilt Milk gig in Canberra, Australia, organizers warned attendees of a fire and an outbreak of a deadly disease.
One confirmed case of meningococcal disease prompted health officials to issue a warning to attendees to be on the lookout for symptoms.
Although meningococcal disease is uncommon, ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman warned that it can be fatal or cause severe long-term complications if not treated promptly.
Meningococcal bacteria can live in the throats of people who are asymptomatic carriers, but the disease can be spread to others. This is something that Dr. Coleman has observed. You should get checked out right away if you have any symptoms that might point to meningococcal disease.
A grass fire in the festival parking lot prompted authorities to respond in Canberra as well. The incident resulted in one person being hurt and several vehicles being damaged, according to Fire and Rescue.
White criticized festival organizers, saying, “I’m just over the organizations at festivals being so money hungry,” and he urged better planning for next year’s event.