Fyre Festival appeared to be a total sh*t show, Blink-182 cancel headlining set
Fyre Festival was advertised as “the unparalleled best in music, cuisine, design & hospitality on a private island in the Exumas”—but according to patrons, the experience was anything but luxurious.
Originally, festival goers were promised a roundtrip to the Bahamas on a custom, VIP Boeing 737 aircraft, which would escort them from Miami International Airport to Exuma International Airport. According to BuzzFeed, Tickets cost between $2,000 to $12,000. The Wall Street Journal reported that tickets were up to $250,000.
Two weekend options were available: this weekend (April 28 – 30) and next weekend (May 5 – 7).
Advertisements for this festival started in December. In fact, you can still find some of the original teaser videos on their Facebook.
Those luxurious videos on Fyre Fest’s Instagram continued up until the festival.
According to Vanity Fair, the festival is a product of Fyre Media, a booking company from rapper Ja Rule and his tech partner Billy McFarland.
However, not only have Fyre not delivered on their luxurious accommodations, but it seems they also haven’t delivered on basic necessities, such as adequate food, housing and electricity.
That Twitter user was dropped off on the beach without any instruction.
Leaving the island was also a struggle. Some were stuck on planes for hours. One guest has posted a video of the doors of the airport being chained shut.
That Twitter user, William Finley, documented his entire experience on social media and spoke to Buzzfeed News.
"It's just all unbelievable," he says. "We saw that it was kind of suspect in the weeks leading up but we gave them the benefit of the doubt, thinking they'd pull it off in time. It was complete chaos.”
He added accommodations were not set up when guests arrived. The food was apparently reminiscent of “state fair and not the world-class international culinary experience that they advertised,” he continues.
According to Vanity Fair, 40 acts were scheduled to perform. Some of the headlining artists for Fyre Festival included Blink-182, G.O.O.D Music and Major Lazer. Blink-182 cancelled both their performances at the festival yesterday through this post on their social media, citing that they were “not confident that [they] would have what [they] need to give you the quality of performances [they] always give their fans.”
Blink-182 and KAYTRANADA are, at this point, the only ones to have tweeted about the festival.
Others are relieved they didn’t perform.
A Twitter account called Fyre Festival Fraud has already been created, documenting the disparities between what was promised and what was delivered. It has shown that the tents that guests of the festival were given were actually leftover disaster relief shelters from Hurricane Matthew.
The “#FyreFestival” hashtag on Twitter has featured many guests of the festival sharing their experiences, including the festival feeding their guests pieces of bread with cheese, an unfinished concierge tent along with hardly any electricity.
The festival has taken to Instagram to respond to the criticisms they’re receiving online, writing that they’d be postponing the festival. You can read their entire post below.
Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the islands of Exuma. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we must postpone this experience. We are working tirelessly to ensure each guest leaves the island safely and ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation as we continue to provide ongoing updates via email and our official social media channels as they become available, including refund information.
Yet, according to The Observer, the festival looked to be doomed before it even started. The Wall Street Journal stated:
“Its organizers missed a series of deadlines to make advance payments to performers. Last week, some artists still hadn’t been paid what they were owed based on the terms of their contracts, according to people familiar with the matter, but the event’s promoters in recent days made progress in catching up with payments, and in some cases have paid acts in full.”
Fyre Festival’s website was erased of any content during the controversy, and they’ve prevented any comments being made on their Instagram. However, archived versions of the website show what was promised, such as a treasure hunt featuring “rare luxuries, over $1 million in treasure, and perhaps an island of one’s very own.”
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released this statement:
As of this morning, Fyre Festival has updated its website with the following message:
“Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas.
Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can. We ask that guests currently on-island do not make their own arrangements to get to the airport as we are coordinating those plans. We are working to place everyone on complimentary charters back to Miami today; this process has commenced and the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority.
The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned.
We ask for everyone's patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we work as quickly and safely as we can to remedy this unforeseeable situation. We will continue to provide regular updates via email to our guests and via our official social media channels as they become available.
-The Fyre Festival Team"