Even if you’re not into the music festival scene, you may have heard about the botched job that is Ultra Singapore 2019 by now. First, it was rumored to be cancelled, but then it turned out it was just downsizing by moving the party indoors and axing one stage (plus a bunch of fireworks.) Next, tickets were only sent out this week, and to make things more complicated, headliner Martin Garrix pulled out of the gig last-minute due to torn ankle ligaments.
The injury can’t be helped, of course, and health comes first, but the way Ultra dealt with it (or refused to acknowledge it) really exasperated fans.
Although set times for the two-day event were released (finally) last night and Garrix’s name was nowhere to be seen, the festival never officially announced the change. So if you somehow haven’t been following the fiasco, you could just turn up tomorrow waiting for the Dutch DJ to take the stage.
Even Ultra Korea, which is happening this weekend as well, quickly put up an announcement revealing Garrix’s cancellation mere hours after the man himself released a statement on social media.
Naturally, fans weren’t too pleased with the lack of transparency on the end of Ultra Singapore organizers. Their main gripe was with the stealthy removal of Garrix’s name in the absence of an announcement or replacement, and the resulting paltry DJ line-up without a Phase 3 addition, despite the usual high prices. Some resorted to offering their tickets for sale on the Ultra Singapore Facebook page, hoping to score some money back a mere day before the event.
In protest, a Change.org petition was set up to call for a ticket refund. As of press time, it’s been signed by 132 disappointed would-be festival-goers, who cited reasons like “false advertising,” “acting in bad faith,” safety, and pricey passes for a scaled-down experience.
However, in spite of everything, some merrymakers managed to look on the bright side of things, urging fellow partiers to respect the DJs performing and enjoy the experience.
So if you’re still intending to hit up the rave this weekend, you should probably familiarize yourself with the new site map first.