Blink-182 was originally on the lineup for the disastrous Fyre Festival earlier this summer, but the band had to cancel their headlinging set because it seemed that the festival couldn't meet their production requirements, logistically. However, Matt Skiba has some more interesting things to say about his connection to the festival.
Skiba told NME that he may have had a hand in stopping the festival from happening, using… witchcraft? “I had a bad feeling about that event. I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen. I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening.”
Skiba goes on to criticize the festival, saying “I’ve been to the Bahamas before and it’s so crass. You land in Nassau and the whole island is replete with beauty and culture, but there’s a lot of poverty. It is a largely black population then they build these places like Atlantis and The Cove that are walled off.” He continues, “It’s classist and racist and then they decided to park a bunch of yachts with models to show off in front of those poor people, going down there with all your Ferraris and bullshit and yachts.”
Skiba concludes: “We pulled out for technical and logistical issues and the rest of it crumbled to shit because that’s what it was. It was bullshit. I used my witchy ways and it seemed to work. I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me. Shazam. I was on my couch feeling somewhat guilty, but very relieved that I wasn’t there with people stealing from each other… I didn’t want a bunch of people to be marooned on bullshit island… I put all my energy into it not happening because for all the tea in China I didn’t want to be a part of something like that.”
While Skiba is claiming responsibility for the festival-goers getting stranded on a remote island with little accommodation, the real founders have been slammed with multiple lawsuits, and the founders are facing fraud charges. I guess we'll have to wait and see if the judge takes Skiba's confession into consideration.
Blink-182 are currently touring the UK. See the cities and dates below.
07/12 – Aberdeen, Scotland @ GE Oil & Gas Arena
07/14 – Manchester, England @ Castlefield Bowl
07/15 – Liverpool, England @ Echo Arena
07/17 – Bournemouth, England @ Int Centre
07/19 – London, England @ O2 Arena
07/20 – London, England @ O2 Arena
What do you think of the whole Fyre Festival disaster? More importantly, how much do you love Skiba and his pagan self? Sound off in the comments below!
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