Monday 19 August 2019

Angry fans say traffic jams saw them miss music acts

Tasha Milne in front with, Simon Bastable, Rose O’Sullivan, Chris Murphy-O’Connor and Ali Milne at the All Together Now festival in Waterford. Photo: Patrick Browne for the Irish Times
Tasha Milne in front with, Simon Bastable, Rose O’Sullivan, Chris Murphy-O’Connor and Ali Milne at the All Together Now festival in Waterford. Photo: Patrick Browne for the Irish Times

Aoife Walsh

The organisers of the All Together Now Festival in Co Waterford have thanked festival-goers for their patience following a first day which saw angry music fans stuck in tailbacks for hours.

Festival-goers vented their anger on social media with some demanding refunds after chaotic traffic and hour-long queues caused some to miss performances from the Friday night line-up.

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More than 20,000 music fans flocked to Curraghmore Estate, near Portlaw, to attend the festival. However, some have called for a refund after the hectic traffic to the festivals and long queues yesterday caused them to miss acts including Fontaines D.C, Orbital, Neneh Cherry, King Kong Company, and Moodymann.

All Together Now organisers later responded on social media saying they were 'aware' of the issue, adding that they have encouraged people to carpool and use public transport to get to the festival.

"We are aware of the delays in getting to this weekend's All Together Now Festival, and we would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

"As people will see when they get here, the Curraghmore Estate is one of the most beautiful and unique festival sites in the world. We have the pleasure of curating a festival on this incredible landscape, but with that comes challenges," the statement said.

"We have encouraged people to use Bus Eireann services, train services and car-pooling systems, to reduce the numbers of cars on the road. We appreciate people's excitement and expectations for this year's sold-out festival and with today's brilliant weather many of you travelled early to get here."

However, a number of those attending tweeted in response to say they'd been waiting for hours and were still stuck in traffic. The festival continues today with acts such as Lisa Hannigan, The National and Patti Smith.

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