A luxury music festival which took place in the Bahamas was compared to The Lord of The Flies and The Hunger Games after it got chaotic, prompting its organizers to apologize.
A disastrous festival:
Fyre Festival which took place on a private island called Great Exumas island was marketed as a “cultural moment” for wealthy millennials. The festival cost $12,780 for a package for four people. It was advertised heavily on Instagram stating that it was a great opportunity for people to meet “influencers” and models like Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner.
The event should’ve run for two weeks starting on 28 April. It should have featured Rae Sremmurd, Skepta, and Blink-182. Ja Rule, which is one of the event’s organizers, toasted during a visit to the site: “To living like movie stars, partying like rock stars, and fucking like porn stars.”
However, Blink-182 said that the infrastructure of the event was poor on Friday and decided to pull out. When ticket holders reached the island, the scene was chaotic.
On social media, festival goers compared the event to a refugee camp. They said that “disaster relief tents” are used as huts on fields of mud, piles of garbage, and poor quality food.
The hashtag #fyrefestival trended on Twitter with festival goers asking to be evacuated from the island, while other Twitter users enjoyed the chaos.
Organizers issued a statement which said that “circumstances out of our control” were the reason why they weren’t able to have “physical infrastructure” as the event was held in an island that’s mostly undeveloped.
Inbound flights to the island got cancelled and organizers brought in charter flights heading to Miami for those on the island.
On Twitter, a statement by the Bahamas ministry of tourism was released stating that they were disappointed that “hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos”.
Despite the ministry not being a sponsor of the festival, they stated that they had given advice to the organizers. They guaranteed that the organizing was in good hands. The ministry stated: “But clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.”
A group of representatives from the ministry went to the island to help with the visitors’ safe return.
Ja Rule took to Twitter to state that he was “heartbroken” by how the event played out, adding that it “was NOT A SCAM”: “I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right.”
The festival was plagued by problems from the start, according to a talent producer who was hired to work on the festival.
Chloe Gordon wrote in New York Magazine: “When we arrived, my initial reaction was ‘huh’. This was not a model-filled private cay that was owned by Pablo Escobar. This was a development lot covered in gravel with a few tractors scattered around.”
“We were standing on an empty gravel pit and no one had any idea how we were going to build a festival village from scratch.”
While the other organizer, Billy McFarland, said in an interview to Rolling Stone that last Friday was “the toughest day of my life.” He confessed to being too ambitious.
He said: “We were a little naïve in thinking for the first time we could do this ourselves. Next year, we will definitely start earlier.”
Organizers stated that ticket holders will be able to attend another event in the US which will be held in May for free.