Belgium’s VestiVille being called Fyre 2.0
They're calling it Fyre 2.0. Belgium's VestiVille was set for this weekend in Kristalpark, Lommel, with a lineup that included Cardi B, Migos, A$AP Rocky and, yes, Ja Rule, as well as posh VIP villas featuring room service and private gardens. But things went south before the gates opened, with A$AP Rocky dropping out citing "security and infrastructure concerns which relate to the production of the show."
Then at 5 PM, with attendees on the grounds, VestiVille was canceled outright with organizers tweeting "Today at 5:00 PM the mayor of Lommel decided to not let Vestiville start. After consultation with the security services and ASAP Rocky’s security officer, it was decided that the safety of the artist and the public could not be guaranteed." They then tweeted "Production and suppliers have given everything to make Vestiville possible. The campsite will remain open for the time being and an organized festival exit will be organized in consultation with the municipality."
The festival exit was far from organized, as many videos have documented, with things descending into what looked like mild chaos. Many VestiVille-goers had been on site for hours, with reportedly no food or water sold; some attendees ended up stuck there for hours with no transportation, while others ended up staying overnight on the grounds till shuttle buses arrived to take people -- some of whom had traveled from around the world to attend -- to the train station. The Brussels Times reports that others made the best of it, helping themselves to beer, partying on the empty stages and emptying fire extinguishers.
VestiVille's last tweet was "The organisation will now consult with their official partners about a refund" but, The Brussels Times also reports that the "prosecutor’s office for Limburg said three of the festival organisers had been charged with fraud involving false invoices, forgery, money laundering and abuse of trust."
Check out video from the scene, as well as the VestiVille promotional video promising VIP villas and water slides, plus some angry tweets from attendees, below.