Hundreds of hopeful RuPaul's Dragcon UK ticket holders are left disappointed and angry as they are turned away from the inaugural event.
Held at London's Kensington Olympia, pictures are now circulating as hundreds are still queuing despite the venue closing at 6pm.
One video on social media shows security staff informing those in the queue they are unlikely to get in. They are being told to try again tomorrow, or email [email protected] for assistance or a refund.
It became apparent as early as midday on that there might be problems getting in, and the event quickly implemented a one-in-one-out policy to prevent overcrowding.
Josie McGregor, who paid £40 for their ticket tells Attitude it was all very dissapointing
"Lots of people [were] there for celebrations (including us) and having travelled to attend just to end up queueing for 3 hours then not getting in."
Hayley Laura was one of the lucky few who after quening, did get in:
"We arrived at 11 and the queue was half a mile long and about 10 people wide the whole way. By 12 we stopped moving and it became apparent they'd stopped letting people in.
"We got into the venue at 1:30 and there were queues for everything. You couldn't get a view of the stage and after an hour inside we were fed up and left, toes still numb from standing in the cold."
At 2 pm, with just four hours of the event today left to go, the official account tweeted to advise those in the queue:
"Hey kitty girls, we know that some of you, unfortunately, had to queue outside the convention centre. We apologize for the wait as Health and Safety required us to slow the flow of people coming in.
"If your ticket isn’t scanned and you would like to return, you are welcome to come tomorrow and we will honour your ticket. If you would like to reach out, you can find us at [email protected] We are working to make sure you have the best weekend possible."
Inside, the entire cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be in attendance across the weekend - including the newly crowned winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK The Vivienne and runners-up Divina De Campo and Baga Chipz.
US stars such as Bob the Drag Queen, Bianca Del Rio, Monet X Change, Trinity “The Tuck” will be death dropping to centre stage and celebrity fans of the show such as Vick Hope, Stephen Bailey and Danny Franzese of Mean Girls fame will also be in attendance.
Speaking this morning as the event opened RuPaul told, what the event put out in their press release as the "sell-out crowd":
“Welcome to the first RuPaul’s DragCon in London! You look so beautiful and we are so happy to be here … Mostly we are just proud because we love the UK.”
In a statement to Attitude, World of Wonder who organised the festival denied allegations on social media the event was oversold and added:
“Health and Safety officers had advised us to temporarily halt the queue entrances today for an hour due to clogging of the aisles and from there on out - we got everyone in as fast as possible under H&S's watch. We have met with the venue, security and H&S for tomorrow's event and are confident that the same issues won't arise. Thank you and we appreciate you. If your ticket wasn’t scanned and you would like to return you are welcome to use your ticket to come tomorrow. If you can’t make tomorrow, refunds will be honoured - please email [email protected] for further assistance.”
The saga has left popular Ru Cap YouTube star Lee Dawson feeling, that this particular scene from season one of UK Drag Race – has not aged well:
And has left others asking, if this is the queer Fyre festival? If only Andy King was fighting for those at Dragcon as he did for the now-viral festival. King was today announced as the new face of Evian.
Attitude has reached out to RuPaul's Dragcon UK for comment.