Railbird 2021 draws comparison to Fyre Festival due to poor management

LEXINGTON, Ky. — More than 30,000 people poured into The Grounds at Keeneland on Saturday for the Railbird Music Festival, where they were greeted by live music acts — and lengthy lines for concessions, beer, and most importantly, water.

Patrons were encouraged to bring empty water bottles, but not permitted to bring in any water, and some said they waited 20 to 30 minutes in line to access water stations on a day when temperatures reached 90 degrees.

“With this kind of heat, it’s dangerous,” said Mike Jones, an attendee from Perryville.

Attendees, many of whom were excited about going to their first festival since the pandemic began, were required to prove vaccination status or have a negative COVID-19 test to enter.

The outdoor event — which features headliners My Morning Jacket and Leon Bridges on Saturday as well as Jason Isbell and Dave Matthews Band Sunday — was more than twice as large as the inaugural 2019 version, and concert-goers complained of long lines for shuttles, food and beer, too.

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