This "Luxury" Music Festival Has Turned Into a Nightmare
Fyre Festival was billed as "a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas." While attendees may agree that it's certainly a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience, it's certainly not one they'd hope to repeat. The brainchild of rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, Fyre was supposed to be a luxury experience that would bring A-list music acts to a small island in the Bahamas. Blink-182 was set to perform for the audience, each of whom paid between $4,000 and $20,000 just for the privilege of being there (airfare not included). Within minutes of arriving on the scene, crowds realised that they'd been duped. The festival is a total mess, so much so that the organisers have already canceled it, allegedly "due to circumstances out of our control."
An official statement claims that "the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests." Fyre has been postponed to a later date, as live updates from guests have continued to flood Twitter. While no one has actually been hurt, attendees are drawing comparisons to Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games. Here's a rundown of the situation, as it's happening.
Update: Ja Rule has commented on the situation via Twitter. "We are working right now on getting everyone [off] the island SAFE that is my immediate concern," he wrote. "I will make a statement soon. I'm heartbroken at this moment, my partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event. It was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting. I don't know how everything went so left but I'm working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded . . . I truly apologise as this is NOT MY FAULT . . . but I'm taking responsibility. I'm deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this."