UR1 Music Festival: As Organizers Prepare to Sue One Another, Ticket Holders Still Screwed

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Mark Poutenis
For a week last October, Hurricane Sandy spun a trail of destruction through cities in seven countries. From Jamaica to New Jersey, the superstorm killed 285 people and caused more than $75 billion in damage. One place it didn't touch, however, was Miami. So it was a bit strange when organizers blamed the storm for scrapping the year's biggest concert: the UR1 Music Festival, originally scheduled for December 8 and 9, the heart of Art Basel week.

Since then, the shadiness surrounding the cancelled concert has spread. Half a dozen Crossfade readers have complained that their requests for a refund have been ignored. Meanwhile, millions of dollars in ticket sales seem to have vanished. UR1's website hasn't been updated in half a year. And organizers are too busy preparing to sue one another to reschedule the concerts.

"I didn't think something so well publicized could be a scam," says local Joshua Cameron, who had bought two tickets for roughly $175 each. "I never thought they could actually get away with not refunding people."

See also:
- UR1 Festival Postponed, Will Be Rescheduled

The festival was supposed to be Miami's biggest music event of 2012. Artists as varied as Kanye West, Lou Reed, the Offspring, and Santigold were all slated to perform in Bayfront Park. Adding credibility were the pedigrees of the two partners behind UR1: Ultra cofounder Alex Omes and Winter Music Conference veteran Emilio Guerra. A sleekly designed website sold tickets with the slogan: "You are music. You are unique. You are diverse. You are love. You are life. You are one."

By November, though, rumors were swirling that tickets weren't selling. Then came a bizarre email announcing that UR1 was postponed, supposedly from "the continued effects" of the storm and predictions of strong winds.

Cameron was upset when he read the news. But the hurricane explanation was so ludicrous that the University of Miami medical student couldn't help but laugh. "It seemed like a completely bogus reason to cancel it," he says. "It's hard enough to predict the weather two weeks in advance let alone to know the winds would be too strong for a music festival."



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14 comments
Chris833
Chris833

I was suspicious from the beginning, when I realized that they didn't accept American Express for payments. I think it's always a little bit shady when a merchant doesn't take all cards for payment. They claim that it's "more expensive" to take Amex, but in reality, they probably just don't want to have to deal with the stricter chargeback rules when something like this happens!

username123546
username123546

I foolishly waited too long and waited until April to dispute the charge. I figured since it was such a blatant rip-off that there wouldn't be a problem. Well, I was wrong. 

icculus17
icculus17 topcommenter

hahaha, I know that Chris Koblegard, good dude

somejerk
somejerk

Shame! I wanted to see AHOL and other awesome local artists work displayed.

Jayan Bertrand
Jayan Bertrand

Fuck those guys. Miami was finally about to have a decent festival and it went to shit

Nick Lagattuta
Nick Lagattuta

Just dispute the charge with your bank. Worked for me.

p.beck
p.beck

file a complaint with your bank. no problems

Phillip Beck
Phillip Beck

i filed a fraud complaint with bank of america. got the entire amount back

mindgruv
mindgruv

@username123546 sounds like your credit card was being lazy. most credit cards will at least *try* to make a dispute past the allowed time, but they make it very clear the case is not as strong. i would try again and ask to speak to a supervisor. tell them you wasted all this time trying to get the refund from the vendor.

pineiro.stephanie
pineiro.stephanie

@Phillip Beck was this recently or right after the festival was cancelled? I want to do the same but don't know if it's too late now.

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