If you haven’t yet heard of Fyre Fest, well, strap in, because this one’s a doozie. The first-year music festival, which was created by Ja Rule and financier Billy McFarland, was heavily marketed toward the Coachella set thanks to a series of sponsored posts featuring models like Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kendall Jenner plus a lineup that included Blink-182, Desiigner, and Major Lazer. The festival, which has been suddenly canceled, was to take place over the course of two weekends — this weekend and next — in the Bahamas. For the low, low price of between $4000 and $12,000 (with some reports stating that V-VIP packages were priced as high as $250,000), guests could fly private from Miami, stay in plush cabanas, eat celebrity chef-prepared meals, and generally bask in all that is luxury.
Unfortunately, that’s not how things have gone down. As guests began to arrive yesterday, things apparently quickly descended into Lord of the Flies-syle chaos as festivalgoers were greeted by rickety, half-built tents, feral dogs, piles of garbage, overly aggressive security, meals that resemble prison food, and little guidance from festival staff, who appear to be largely absent.
— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
Blink-182 pulled out yesterday, stating via Twitter: “Regrettably, and after much careful and difficult consideration, we want to let you know that we won’t be performing at Fyre Fest in the Bahamas this weekend and next weekend. We’re not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans.”
Guests at the festival, many of whom are now stranded on the island, have taken to Twitter and Reddit to voice their complaints (and fear for their lives), and are reportedly threatening a class action lawsuit if refunds are not made. According to reports on Twitter, attendees have been locked inside an indoor facility on the island while transportation arrangements are made.
— rick (@PatMahogna) April 28, 2017
A statement on the Fyre Festival website reads: “Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can. We ask that guests currently on-island do not make their own arrangements to get to the airport as we are coordinating those plans. We are working to place everyone on complimentary charters back to Miami today; this process has commenced and the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority.”
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
Is it wrong that a small part of me is laughing at the misfortune of people willing to plunk down five to six figures for a “luxury” festival-going experience? Call it schadenfreude, but I’m thinking maybe these people will be less reticent to camp like the rest of us next time they want to see live music. Just kidding, none of these kids are ever going to want to attend a festival of any kind again after this shit, and I don’t blame them.