Fans of RuPaul’s first-ever DragCon UK were left waiting in queues for hours to meet stars of the reality TV show on Saturday, with organisers citing health and safety concerns.
Ticket-holders waited for more than two hours to get into Olympia London only to be told they should come back on Sunday or receive refunds. The venue was operating an almost one-in, one-out system, which apparently led to the slow moving entry.
Organisers said in a statement: “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 health and safety’s watch.
“We have met with the venue, security and health and safety for tomorrow’s event and are confident that the same issues won’t arise. Thank you and we appreciate you.
“If you can’t make tomorrow, refunds will be honoured.”
— Amy Louise (@Amy2489) January 18, 2020
The conference-type event gives ticket-holders the chance to see performances from drag queens who have appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as hear talks given by the show’s stars and meet contestants. These extra events sometimes require an additional fee, or purchase of merchandise, on top of the standard ticket price which starts at £40 per day.
This was the first UK-based DragCon, events have been held in Los Angeles since 2015 and in New York since 2017.