The Fyre festival was advertised as a luxury experience held in the Bahamas. Ticket prices reached $12,780 packages in addition to social media endorsements left excited attendees stranded in chaos.
The festival was co-organized by celebrity rapper, Ja Rule, and Billy McFarland, tech entrepreneur, in their start up called Fyre Media.
Festivalgoers were assured “a cultural moment created from a blend of music, art and food”.
Those who witnessed the shocking reality describe Fyre festival as a “complete disaster”. In addition to the tents which were left half-built, the promise of luxury food was an even bigger disappointment.
Social media reports flooded in overnight from horrified festivalgoers expecting the event to have rivaled popular California festival, Coachella. Among the stranded was William N Finley, writer, who had purchased the artist’s pass:
William reported to the Guardian: “In the week leading up to it some things seemed like they weren’t as advertised. We gave them the benefit of the doubt and figured they’d pull things together before we got there…And we were dead wrong. It was chaos. No organization, no one was in charge, there was just a line and no one knew what to do.”
Those attempting to leave the festival grounds however have been experiencing long waits.
Among the performers advertised was the popular group, Blink-182, who had pulled out from the event on Thursday after learning of the chaos that awaited.
The organizers posted a comment on Instagram admitting: “Things got off to an unexpected start at day one of Fyre festival.”
They also stated that all flights headed inbound were reportedly cancelled “due to circumstances beyond [their] control”.
The Bahamas official Twitter account also apologized for the unexpected situation: “We are extremely disappointed in the way the events unfolded yesterday with the Fyre Festival.”
Massive social media hype was generated by Instagram “influencers” successfully selling out all general admission tickets that ranged between an outrageous $450 to $3,995. Packages included “curated tented accommodation” while others included flights from Miami.
It was later reported by Vanity Fair that Ja Rule and McFarland had paid over 400 influencers to hype up the festival, which is scheduled to be held throughout the upcoming two weekends. Neither have made official statements regarding the massive let down.