About two months from now, the major domos at FloydFest will get together, post-decompression, and figure out what went right and wrong at No. 11. The wait allows them time to receive feedback from the thousands who have been here this weekend. And while most of the feedback probably will be good, there will be some legitimate gripes — particularly from folks who waited for hours for shuttle buses after arriving today.
It’s FloydFest’s first-ever Sunday sell-out, with about 12,500 people on the grounds, and today was the only day for which the festival sold single-day advance tickets. About 1,000 single-day reserved tickets went on sale Friday before last, and it’s certain that folks bought up the 250 tickets set aside for 11′s ultimate day.
But for some Sunday-only folks, it was the ultimate bummer. Joie Ayala, of Charleston, S.C., said that people in the lot where she parked spent up to three hours waiting on a shuttle bus. She and her friends gave up waiting and began to walk before someone in a pickup truck saw them and gave them a lift the rest of the way.
Ayala said one man she spoke with in the lot told her that as he waited, he had missed every act he came to see.
From the timeline that Ayala gave me, it seems that many of those stuck waiting had not arrived particularly early. Others onsite said they showed up early and got in fine. But it’s definitely something for the organizers to look at next year.
“I love FloydFest, and I’m not dogging it,” said Ayala, who has been to many of them and was just meeting up with her mother, Diane LeBlanc of Roanoke, as we spoke in the line at Sugar Shack. She just wants them to work out that kink. Send them your feeback, Joie.