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article imageUltra Europe opens in Split amid claims of very poor organisation

By Paul Bradbury     Jul 12, 2014 in Music
Split - The opening day of the biggest festival on the Croatian coast this summer is marred by complaints of poor organisation and endangering guests.
With the debate on party tourism in Croatia ongoing, the biggest festival of the summer opened in Split on July 11, 2014, amid varied complaints about poor organisation, availability of water and unnecessary danger caused by congested access.
The Ultra Europe Festival at Poljud Stadium, home of Hajduk Split football club, is now in its second year with an estimated 60,000 party-goers expected to take part in the three-day event in the Dalmatian capital, before a VIP beach party will once again interrupt the peak season of one of Croatia's most exclusive resorts, Hvar Town, on July 15.
Reaction to the first day of the festival on the official Ultra Europe Facebook page had been expected to focus on the quality of the music, but the focus was on several complaints about the organisation.
One Ultra fan, Christopher Barrow, expressed his anger on the official Ultra Europe Facebook page:
"Most dangerous event I've ever been to, shocked that you would allow your customers to be at such risk. Poorly organised, top up bands didn't work and people were desperate for water but were told no even though everyone had cash. Security didn't care people were being squashed, gates were left closed just for VIPs, so everyone else was left with no drinks and no way of getting to the toilets. I asked desperately for water but was told no, many people were asking security to open gates but were told no even though people were being dangerously squashed."
Marko Roki was one of a number of fans who complained about the bottlenecks at the entrances:
"The gates are literally survival of the fittest, I pity the girls though. Also, I loved that "free" wifi which you promised that costs 30 kuna (US$5.50). Learn from your enemy companies when you can't organize things yourself."
Herman Hovland also voiced concerns about safety:
"Please fix the safety, this was absolutely dangerous. To get from inside the stadium and out took maybe 40 min, and I felt I was lucky when I survived the trip. You need to have guards on every gate. Please fix this!"
Al Mufel touched on another concern, the poor availability of water.
"The entrance to the stadium is a hazard.. Stampedes. Where is the management? Staff people are always clueless. No water refill stations."
Ultra Europe replied to its guests complaints, claiming technical issues and the promise that everything would be fixed for day two.
"We had some technical issues, sorry for that. Everything will be resolved today."
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