Thousands seek reimbursement after a disastrous Texas beach music festival

FILE: Myke Towers performs on stage on July 22, 2021 in Coral Gables, Florida. Towers was supposed to be the head of the Sol Beach Festival in Texas, but power issues prevented him from performing. (Photo by Jason Koerner / Getty Images for Univision)

HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) – Thousands of Sol Beach festival attendees on South Padre Island are demanding a refund for what they call a “disorganized” event that failed to deliver on the promised performances.

The music festival was intended to feature Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers and other artists. While the performers were at the event, they were unable to perform due to a power outage caused by inadequate generators.

The event also promised VIP sections and tables, several bars and food trucks. KVEO spoke to several attendees who said the event was “disorganized”, a “horrible experience” and a “waste of time and money”. They say they had to wait hours in line to get in, only to find that the festival wasn’t so advertised.

Videos sent to KVEO show a disgruntled crowd standing in the dark and in some cases throwing glasses and tipping a railing.

Attendees said that while there was no electricity, the only communication they received was from a DJ promising that power would be restored. However, after more than two hours of waiting, the guests said they were told to leave without explanation.

Many who paid extra for VIP tickets waited longer in line than those who bought general tickets, they said.

“We waited three hours in line,” said Lyseth Mayorga Serna, who drove from Houston to St. Padre Island during the event. “At first there were some artists singing, but it seems that the lights and the music went out. After that, no one came out again. We finally arrived around 11:30 and once we were everyone was everywhere, there were no assigned areas, no one did anything, we waited until the cops showed up and told everyone to leave. ” .

Cameron County Parks Director Joe Vega said the AARM business group, led by father and son George and Jorge Garcia, were the organizers who approached the county to host a show on the beach. He said this was the first show of its kind to be held in the park.

“We agreed with them to have this event and we thought it would be a great event. They had a wonderful setup, but unfortunately it didn’t end up happening, “said Vega.

GG Promotions, which is also affiliated with the Garcias, is taking a lot of the heat for concert failures.

A separate show promoter, Ram de la Cruz, said the problems were mainly due to a lack of staff at the entrances and generators that could not provide enough power. Although he and his staff were only hired to market and sell tickets, he said some of his people, including the artists they planned to perform, had to help with the installation just before start the concert.

“It was just a big mess,” de la Cruz said. “I just know the artists were there; all those who were supposed to be there, they just didn’t have the staff to set up or the equipment … They were just badly organized by these guys. ”

Cruz said many have approached him about the returns, but said Garcia is responsible for the show and the returns, and has not heard from him since Saturday morning.

KVEO contacted Jorge Garcia to comment. Garcia responded and said he and his team “will soon issue a public notice about the event.”