What was supposed to be the triumphant return of Cherry Weekend in DC after a two-year-long delay due to the ongoing global pandemic turned out to be a fiasco which left hundreds of partygoers upset and demanding refunds.20 popular D.J.s were set to play eight events across the four-day-long circuit party produced by the Cherry Fund that raises money for HIV and AIDS as well as mental health services.
Revelers from across the country traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the dance party after years of planning and found what some have likened to the infamous Fyre Festival.Trouble for this weekend's events started when the sold-out EVOLUTION event, scheduled for early Saturday morning, was abruptly canceled only hours before doors were supposed to open.On Friday morning, D.C.'s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) officially denied an after-hours permit for Decades, the venue, according to a person familiar with Cherry DC's planning who asked to remain anonymous because of continued work with the organization.The Advocate reached out to a spokesperson for ABRA but did not hear back.Problems for the all-volunteer organization compounded on Saturday night, when the main event, FLAWLESS, was oversold, and the venue refused to allow people in after reaching its 1,200 person capacity.Tickets for Cherry Weekend ranged in price from $25 for a single event to $369 for a VIP weekend pass.Adult film actor Derek Bolt, who lives in D.C.
says he planned to attend FLAWLESS as he had before in 2019, and spent $62 for a pass but he never made it in. “I arrived to the venue at a little before 11:30 to a sizable line and was told I had to wait in a different line to turn my ticket into a wristband in order to wait in line to.
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