Metrofest was criticized for being ‘like a fair festival’ as thousands queued for hours in the rain and eight headliners were not visible.

Metrofest – known as the ‘Fair Festival of the UK’, saw thousands of fun-lovers queue up for hours in the rain.

Eight out of 10 headliners also failed to appear at the Trent Park ‘disaster’ event in north London yesterday.

Fat Joe on stage at Metrofest in North Londoncredit: getty
Festival-goer Hayley Ellis described the event as “a glorified Spotify playlist in the mud”.credit: Hayley Ellis

The first festival started out as showcasing some of the ‘most iconic figures’ of R&B and hip hop.

American group Blackstreet and singers Bobby V, Fat Joe, Eve and Fatman were on the show with Scoop.

But many of the 15,000 fans – who paid £95 to be there – were furious when most of the acts never went on stage, and the set was “too small” for those who did.

The doors were supposed to open at 11 a.m., but organizers said it was pushed to 12:30 p.m. just 10 minutes earlier.

The Fatman Scoop, which originated the 2000 mega-hits Be Faithful and It’s Take Scoop and featured in Missy Elliot’s Lose Control, was due to MC throughout the event, but would not take the stage until after 19 bars.

Among the crowd was Vic Wood who described the festival as “a mess”.

The music fan, who took four hours to get there, told The Sun Online: “I should have known that Metrofest had failed to release the lineup before the event that it was going to be a disaster. But honestly my friends and I were just so excited to go to an event again and see some of our favorite artists.

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“However, it was so poorly organized that you could barely hear the music from the main stage and there was just a random DJ playing all day instead of the advertised acts.

“No one told us that ACTs weren’t available and even the employees we spoke to were completely unaware of what was going on.”


She added: “The festival was cashless and we had to load money on a bracelet which now seems to be another way to cheat their customers.

“I firmly believe that the organizers should be held responsible for not organizing the promised festivities.”

Party girl Hayley Ellis said she and her friends have been looking forward to the event for months.

But she added: “From the beginning it was very chaotic. They opened the doors late due to lack of water in the washroom, the staff seemed confused half the time and didn’t know how to navigate you and the whole park was in disarray.

“We tried to find out early in the day, but could barely walk, it was so slippery that the organizers made a timid attempt to drop wood chips into the spots.

“There was also no communication, so by 7 p.m. we were still waiting for the Maia, Blackstreet, Fatman scoop… basically most of the headliners.

“Up until this point, I had seen food vendors yelling at participants, security arguing with each other and more people falling and getting hurt than I could count.”

It wasn’t a cheap day traveling to London with food and drink, only a glorified Spotify playlist covered in mud and rain.

party animal haley ellis

Hayley and her boyfriend leave early and are now urging Metrofest to pay everyone back.

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“It was not a cheap day to travel to London, with food and drink, only for a glorified Spotify playlist in the mud and rain,” she said.

Twitter also erupted with complaints from frustrated festival-goers, with many comparing the “nightmare” event to the infamous Fyre Festival.

The 2017 American Music Show was sold as an ultra-exclusive, one-of-a-kind VIP experience that will definitely be the next big thing.

But, when it all turned out to be a sham, thousands of people were left hungry and trapped.

A Netflix documentary on the Flop festival presented its failures, describing it as “the biggest party ever”.

A Metrofest ticket holder said the event was “really a joke”.

“Blackstreet, Eve, Tony Touch and Mya didn’t show up,” he said. “Scoop was a proud MC, Bobby V’s set lasted 10 minutes and John B was three hours late. Fat Joe was good, though.

“Overall it was the London edition of the Fyre Festival.”

‘Fonre Fair Day London’

Another angry cleric said: “Metrofest = Fair Festival London. I asked Barclaycard to request a refund and others should do the same!”

Others decried the festival’s “terrible disrepair” and “inadequate” toilets.

“It should not be the ticket holder’s responsibility that you as an organization should be looking for basic information. We want refunds!” he said.

Another replied, “We need our refund. The VIP section was completely inadequate and the toilets were disgusting.

“The security personnel were rude and aggressive. Acting was not happening on the main stage, what the hell! “

Blackstreet complained to the organizers that they “refused to give us our COVID test results to return to the United States”.

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The group called the festival leaders “extremely disorganized” and accused them of treating the group “like farmers”.

The Sun Online has contacted Metrofest organizers for comment.

Horace Brown performs at Metrofest 2021 in Trent Park, London
Horace Brown performs at Metrofest 2021 in Trent Park, Londoncredit: getty
Music fans furious when most of the headlines didn't
Music fans furious when most of the headlines didn’tcredit: Instagram
Hayley Ellis urges organizers to reimburse festival-goers
Hayley Ellis urges organizers to reimburse festival-goerscredit: Hayley Ellis

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