UPDATE: Fyre Festival will apparently give it another go in 2018. The festival’s co-founder, Billy McFarland, penned an open letter which was reported by Rolling Stone saying:
We’re going to take every measure to make this right for everybody now, and make this right for everybody next year, on a large scale.
There will be make-up dates, May 2018 in the U.S., free for everybody who signed up for this festival. We will donate $1.50 [per ticket] to the Bahamian Red Cross. It’ll keep the theme of being on water and beach. It’ll be not just music, but all forms of entertainment. The one change we will make is we will not try to do it ourselves. We will make sure there is infrastructure in place to support us.
ORIGINAL: Fyre Festival, created by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, was supposed to go down as a luxurious music festival filled with high-end amenities in the Bahamas. Tickets were between $4,000 and $250,000 and included a flight from Miami, yachts, models, private villas and performances from Blink-182, Major Lazer and others. Sounds awesome, right? Well, it definitely was NOT awesome. In fact, it was an absolute shit-show.
The festival was so much a shit-show that Blink-182 actually canceled the day before, stating:
“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.”
The cancelation was just the beginning. Here’s a quick run down from Consequence of Sound:
Upon arrival, however, festival-goers were met to what amounts to a disaster zone.
According to reports on reddit and Twitter, the festival grounds were littered with half-built tents and mountains of trash. Catered meals were nothing more than a slice of bread and cheese, with a salad garnish for good measure. As night fell, the situation became even more chaotic, as festival staff and security were nowhere to be found. Luggage was thrown out of the back of a truck to an awaiting mob. There were reports of feral dogs running loose through the festival grounds, and some attendees allege to have gotten into verbal and physical confrontations with locals. All the while, flights to the island have been canceled.
…we have no words.