Anyone heard of Fyre Fest? Yeah. Me either, before this past weekend.
Upon further examination and to my understanding, Fyre Festival was a one-of-a-kind, luxury music festival hosted and promoted by Ja Rule, taking place on Great Exuma Island (once owned by Pablo Escobar) in the Bahamas. The festival, hosted over two weekends, was promoted by A-list millennial celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Fyre Fest was supposed to offer a celebrity-like experience by having “the best in music, cuisine, design, and hospitality on a private island.” as told by @fyrefestival on Instagram. The music festival claimed to be so luxurious, tickets started at $1,200 per person and topped over $200,000 for VIP packages with extras included.
An event so exclusive and hyped up by the biggest names in the industry made the really popular among millennials and plenty were willing to dish out the big bucks to be able to party like a rockstar with some awesome performers, such as the ones listed below.
Screenshot acquired from @fyrefestival Instagram page.
The problem? The festival was the complete opposite and a total train wreck. From the second festival-goers arrived on Great Exuma, it was plain to see that everything Ja Rule promised for Fyre Fest, was not executed. Guests arrived to half-finished, uninhabitable accommodations on an island that appeared to have been housing disaster relief victims.
If you can’t seem to get a visual on what it looked like, here’s pictures by Twitter user, William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV).
Commentary by @Braden1013
And this is not including what guests endured on the plane, once on the island, and returning home. Delays, poor organization, and “government lockdown” held hundreds of guests on planes for hours, in very uncomfortable conditions and without food or water.
The incident caused many people to believe it was the scam of a lifetime.
Ja Rule released this message on Twitter regarding the situation:
Fyre Festival’s Instagram account also has this message displayed regarding refund information and postponed shows:
No report has been made of when Fyre Festival will commence.
No report has been made of any active or upcoming lawsuits.