Fans see red as wait to exit infuriates Bluesfest revellers
AT 11.30pm on Friday night, Bluesfest posted an update on their Facebook page reading:
"LIVE EGRESS TRAFFIC UPDATE - GOOD FRIDAY
NORTH CARPARK is an EXIT ONLY (no entry)
Constant flow of foot and car traffic - no congestion."
However just after midnight, Carole Nielsen replied to the post saying: "We have been waiting an hour to drive 300 yards max".
What a difference a day makes, hey?
To the long wait for cars to leave the Tyagarah precinct on the first hours of Friday after the inaugural night of the festival, buses never arrived after midnight to retrieve revellers, who had to walk to nearby towns such as Ocean Shores and Brunswick Heads.
Asked about the wait of up to two and a half hours to exit the festival grounds by car, a transit operator who declined to be identified blamed the RMS for the incident.
"The RMS did not want to exits from the grounds so everyone had to go out one way and that made it impossible," said the traffic person tonight.
To the long wait to exit via car, some drivers stuck in the wrong lane (who did not realise this until it was too late) had to turn south towards Ballina despite trying to head north.
This meant a number of drivers completing dangerous u-turns on the Pacific Highway as they ignored signs asking them to drive to Ewingsdale to turn back north.
There was no official comment last night from Bluesfest about the lack of buses after midnight or the long wait to exit via car.
There were, instead, angry comments on the festival's Facebook account.
Neil Pomphrett posted "2 & 1/4 hours to get out of car park A3. Absolute rubbish planning and only five car park staff spotted after midnight. Come on, get your act together - this is the worst I have ever experienced".
Jess Cumberland also posted: "Two and an half hours to get out of the car park thanks to a bunch of idiots rapper boys playing on the freeway, hope the cops caught you all you little sh**s!!"