Surely by now you’ve got your fill of Fyre Festival news. You’ve read all the tweets from the ground, you’ve seen all the memes and you’ve discussed it at length with your friends as you laughed diabolically. For the organizers of the music festival from hell (or, alternatively, the exact music festival we would expect to occur in 2017), the nightmare is far from over.
According to Page Six, Fyre Festival, which (sort of) took place on Exumas this past weekend “still owes the island hundreds of thousands of dollars and has not paid anyone for their services.” I like the idea of Fyre Fest owing “the island” money, because it makes it sound even more like one of the shittier Lost seasons. What’s more is it will cost organizers Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, two men who are now bizarrely and inextricably linked, more than one hundred thousand in customs fees to ship back all the equipment to the US. I guess the silver lining is there wasn’t that much equipment.
But that’s petty cash compared to the $100 million class-action lawsuit brought by Daniel Jung, who paid a mere $2,000 to go to the festival (fancier travelers paid up to $12,000). He’s hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos, who has represented the likes of Michael Jackson and Chris Brown.
This is the slow motion car crash that just keeps on going. Sorry, Ja and McFarlane, it seems as though the odds weren’t ever in your favor.