Bitcoin billionaire and ‘Mighty Ducks’ star Brock Pierce found this year’s Burning Man to be ‘magnificent’, even though he was held back by heavy rains and the resulting mud bath. And he called those who were released on bail “Coachella types.”
“I had my biggest burn ever,” Pierce told Page Six. “Because a lot of people left or didn’t come, it was wonderful. You only had the strongest and most dedicated.
The festival – which draws techies and celebrities to Nevada’s Black Rock desert to build communities and do arts (and drugs) projects – left 70,000 people stranded when it was hit by flooding more early this week.
On Monday, thousands of people abandoned the event as soon as it was possible to use the roads. Some even fled on foot over the weekend. On Saturday, Diplo and Chris Rock escaped by driving six miles through mud to the festival perimeter, then getting into the back of a stranger’s truck.
Brock told us that the annual event attracts die-hard fans, but also those “who don’t build [the festival’s structures] but come experience the magic of the weekend, which is more of the Coachella type.
He added: “There’s nothing wrong with that – they’re learning and growing. »
Coachella, of course, is Indio, California’s annual music festival known for its luxury accommodations and VIP hospitality.
On Saturday, Burning Man attendees were asked to “save food, water and fuel, and take shelter in a warm, safe space.” On Monday, the order was lifted, allowing people out, causing a traffic jam lasting several hours.
Brock stayed longer to see the titular “Man” burn Monday night and the “Chapel of Babel” catch fire Tuesday. He was still there Wednesday to help clean up.
According to the entrepreneur, all those who left before this date “left early”. And he called those who held on “the creme de la creme” and “Burning Man’s finest”.
Brock, who helped run a camp of people dubbed the Pathogen Trackers and stayed in a 1991 Airstream trailer he calls “Rainbow Warrior,” says being stuck “wasn’t scary.”
“We came to Burning Man to encounter obstacles,” Pierce, who ran for the White House as an independent candidate in the 2020 election, tells us. All of a sudden you’re faced with a difficult thing and you find a solution and it’s wonderful and you do it over and over again. It’s so much learning. The world is us bringing things back to basics.