The three-day festival was cut short due to flooding and high winds
After this year’s inaugural Hudson Project was cut short on Sunday after severe storms overtook the region, organizers MCP Presents and SFX Entertainment announced they’ll offer partial refunds to ticket buyers.
Here’s the breakdown: Those with Sunday single-day passes will be fully refunded, two-day passes will be refunded 50%, and three-day ticket holders will be offered a 33.3% refund. Details about how to obtain refunds should be available on the event's website and social media pages sometime this week.
The decision to issue refunds may have been sparked by outcry from attendees, who brutally criticized the festival staff's disorganization and inhospitality once the bad weather hit. Some campers, stranded on the grounds waiting for their cars to be towed out of the mud, were stuck for an entire day after the rain began. On Twitter, where the festival was quickly renamed #MudsonProject, many reported having to bribe tow trucks and a lack of adequate resources like food and water. Organizers have been deeply apologetic in the days since.
"While this may not fix the inconveniences caused by weather, we hope it helps," said MCP Presents in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon. "This was a very unfortunate ending to an event we've been looking forward to for more than a year now, and we thank you all for your understanding."
The Hudson Project was the first music festival to be held on Winston Farm in Saugerties, New York, in 20 years. The last was the lawless Woodstock '94 which drew roughly 350,000 revelers to the Hudson Valley and ended in muddy chaos.