Strange things are afoot at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. A festival going by the name Winter Vibes Festival is acting quite shady after a commenter by the name of Ross Dunn called them out for not having their headliners secured, even though the lineup has already been announced. The festival was boasting a roster that included Lil’ Jon, Fisher, and Above & Beyond for tickets as low as $39 (per day) for three days. This alone should be any potential customer’s biggest red flag. These are some of the biggest names in electronic music right now and I find it incredibly hard to believe that they could secure such massive acts for such a low ticket price.
When Ross Dunn made his comments, someone on the page responded with “False. You don’t know anything,” before deleting the comment thread entirely, blocking Ross Dunn shortly after – which is really just the least tactful way that you should be responding to any potential attendee’s concerns.
Things don’t often bode well for festivals that try to sweep comments such as these under the rug; it’s usually a sure sign that something less than savory is going on behind the scenes. Not only were the concerned patron’s comments deleted (shortly after they secured the above screenshots), but the original event page and brand page itself were also deleted.
Listed on the website for the event is the message: “All Sales Are Final. No Refunds.”
All signs point toward this being quite the scam, and we’d recommend anyone thinking about attending Winter Vibes Festival to take every precaution because, honestly, does anyone trust a festival that uses comic sans in their branding?
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s probably another shady promoter trying to scam you out of your money.