‘Worst event ever’: party-goers who paid $ 225 for Mardi Gras after-party tickets demand reimbursement after missing the star-studded show waiting in a three-hour queue
- Mardi Gras after party featured Dua Lipa, Kesha, Sam Smith in the Horden Pavilion
- Tickets cost up to $ 225 but hundreds could not come in between long lines
- They waited three hours and had to watch the show on TV screens outside
- Angry gamblers now want refunds and said that even the security had told them to complain
Hundreds of music fans who paid $ 225 to see Dua Lipa perform at Sydney Mardi Gras sat so long in a row that they missed the show.
The British pop star performed during the official afterparty in the Horden pavilion alongside Sam Smith and Kesha in front of an audience of thousands.
However, when paying guests were walking around after the parade ended on Saturday at 11 p.m., they were faced with a huge line to come in.
Hundreds of music fans who paid $ 225 to see Dua Lipa perform at Sydney Mardi Gras were stuck in a row for so long that they missed the show
Photos showed gamblers standing outside with hundreds of people in front of them and the doors nowhere to be seen
Among them was KIIS 1065 radio presenter Tom Whitaker, who was furious that he sat outside for three hours and missed the show.
‘I didn’t pay to watch it on a f ** king TV screen outside of boys. Worst event ever, “he said.
Others shared photos of gamblers standing outside with hundreds of people in front of them and the doors that were nowhere to be seen.
“We came here literally at 11 a.m. and stood in line in front of the main stage and now it is 1.30 a.m. and Dua Lipa is playing and we are still in line,” wrote one.
‘Pay $ 225 for a ticket and this is what we get? Where is our refund? another wrote.
Dua Lipa performed during the official afterparty in the Horden pavilion alongside Sam Smith and Kesha in front of an audience of thousands
Dua Lipa poses with Sam Smith, who also played at the after party, while hundreds of paying guests were stuck outside
Revelers claimed that even the guards were disgusted by the poor planning and encouraged them to complain.
“They told us they resold the event when the venue is at half the capacity it once was,” someone said.
“[The organisers] had the idea that everyone would be scattered around the location.
“Security said” who thought that f ** king d ** kheads. That is not going to happen if all your big acts are in one pavilion ‘.’
Dua Lipa previously participated in the Mardi Gras parade and posed with a group of lifeguards who marched
The cause of the problem seemed to be that the event was dramatically over-sold compared to the much smaller location that was used this year.
The party was previously held in the Royal Hall of Industries, which was not available during renovation work.
Partygoers, however, noted that organizers knew this at least six months ago and simply could have sold fewer tickets to compensate for the smaller capacity.
A comment was requested from the Mardi Gras organizers.
The British singer treated her fans to a rainbow outfit complete with roller skate heels, fitting the festival