5 Event Horror Stories

It’s Halloween, and let’s be honest… for event planners/organisers, this day could be anytime of the year. We’ve compiled 5 real event episodes to give you an inkling of how Murphy is in regular attendance at Events! And you will realise that God, too, has a hand in it!

Story1: There’s Something Not Right About the Food.

Last year, at a Mumbai city-wide event, an estimated 5,000 children had complained of food poisoning after consuming packaged meals provided by an online food ordering firm and were rushed to various hospitals across the city. The organisers of the conference said they would take legal action.

Story 2: A Storm is Brewing.

After carefully planning the details of what would surely be a successful event, the event organiser was all set to hop on a plane to the venue city when reports of a “historic” storm to hit the area blasted the media airwaves. Airlines were cancelling flights, schools were calling snow days and the city and state governments were shutting down — just two days before the event.

Story 3: Attendees Left to Rot like the Walking Dead?

In Georgia, US, just as the closing act of TomorrowWorld 2015, the music festival, came to an end, all the roads going to and from the venue were shut down; for there were heavy rains that would’ve made it unsafe to drive in
too much mud. The result, thousands of people couldn’t get in or out and were left stranded at least five miles from any transportation. They were stuck in the forest overnight, and they didn’t have food, water or shelter. A nightmare for event attendees and the planner!

The act of God has ambushed enough events; every event planner must have a backup plan.

 

Story 4: A for Awkward!

Jaws dropped and ribs were tickled when, much to the horror and amusement of all, La La Land, instead of Moonlight, was announced as Best Picture during the 89th Academy Awards.
How did the envelope mixup happen?
Why wasn’t the protocol followed?
Or, was it a PR stunt?
Whatever it was, it was most certainly awkward for those on the scene and behind it.

 

Story 5: Last-minute Vendor Cancellations

This is a common story and perhaps the biggest problem that plagues the event industry. Imagine being in charge of putting on a 2-day bridal fashion show in your city. Where you’ve sent out and received RSVPs from over 500
eminent personalities, including artists, industrialists and politicians. You’ve handpicked the perfect place after months of searching.
And then, just a week before the event, the venue vendor calls up and cancels.
Horror, horror! Imagine the mammoth follow-ups and re-invitations that follow. Which is why, it is wise to opt for event insurance or draw contracts clearly stating vendor liabilities should they suddenly back out.

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Reference Links:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/news/food-
poisoning-event-organisers-to-take-legal-action-against-
box8/article8482428.ece

https://blog.marketo.com/2015/03/murphys-law-when-
events-and-weather-collide-and-how-to-handle-it.html

https://thump.vice.com/en_au/article/gvngkx/how-
tomorrowworld-became-an-epic-disaster-of-near-riots-and-
looming-lawsuits

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