Belladrum ORGANIZERS have issued an apology after festival goers waited in line for FIVE HOURS to access the site.
On the first day of the Highland party, revelers faced lengthy delays to reach the parking lots and drop off their family members.
The robbery resulted in some revelers missing out on yesterday’s headliner, Norwegian pop star Sigrid.
In a statement, bosses said they were “very disappointed” that wet weather and large numbers of people arriving led to the delays.
Organizers pledged to hold a debrief to ensure the problems don’t repeat themselves next year.
They said: “As reported, we had good ticket sales, but it was a very small percentage increase compared to last year and nothing else was changed in the plan.”
“We used the same routes, the same traffic management and parking companies, and the same number of police officers in the same locations.
“We had a very large number of people arriving early and we believe this combined with the wet weather this morning was the cause of the long queues which then continued throughout the day.”
“We can assure you that if we face similar conditions, we will hold a long debrief to find out how we can handle the incoming traffic in 2024, so that we avoid a repeat.”
Angry revelers took to social media to vent their anger at the chaos.
One person wrote: “We stood in line for five hours, missed all the performances we wanted to see and when we finally got in, every portal was packed – on the first night of the festival!”
“Please clarify something for the next two days.”
Another said: “We had to wait three hours at 8:30pm with young children and returned because we still had to wait over an hour, just ridiculous!”
“I hope tomorrow will be better.”
A third added: “Stuck in traffic for 4.5 hours trying to get home with a toddler and a puppy, not even to go to the festival.”
“An absolute disgrace to the locals. If there are enough tickets, time slots should be allocated for admission to limit the number of people coming at the same time.”
Meanwhile, a fourth ranted: “Absolute mess. I live three miles away and my husband has been stuck in traffic for almost three hours. I’ve missed performances and I’m still not there.”
A fifth commented: “That was shocking! Traffic wardens are supposed to direct the traffic, they stand around and don’t even keep the traffic moving, they’re too slow to get to the parking lots.”
“All the gates should have been opened. They would have known that if they had used locals to direct traffic. People were so stressed. I’ve been coming to Bella for 17 years and this has to be the worst facility ever.”
In a statement yesterday, Scottish Police said: “There is congestion on the A833 and A862 and officers are on hand to support the organizers of the Belladrum Festival to ensure people get to the event safely.”
“Please be patient as traffic moves slowly.
“We ask people not to leave their vehicles or enter the street on foot.”
The festival’s lineup includes acts such as Travis, Bastille, Kiefer Sutherland and Peat & Diesel.
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