Probably the worst music festival ever thrown, Fyre Festival made headlines all over the world as one of the biggest failures in its industry.
The hashtag #fyrefestival went viral throughout the world yesterday, with the internet quick to take every chance to highlight just how bad the festival turned out to be, and how far its reality was from the lavish and luxurious experience it promoted. As we ourselves underscored with our article, Twitter, Reddit and other social media users took the opportunity to throw savage humor at a festival that was promoted by so-called “Instagram influencers” and celebrities, but fell short in so many ways to deliver what promised.
After paying exorbitant ticket prices — many of which reached up to several thousands of dollars— and promises of chartered private planes, luxurious beachside villas, and hot models, attendees were greeted by tent camps that resembled disaster relief zones, “meals” that were a far cry from the VIP experience paid for, and absolute anarchy.
Rolling Stone took the chance to collect an official statement from Billy MacFarland, the 25-year old co-founder of the festival who partnered with Ja Rule to throw the event. In his statement, which you can read in full below, MacFarland tries to offer an apology and explanation for what happened, saying he will “start earlier next year” and promising to work out a make-up date in 2018 for those that bought tickets for Fyre this year.
It’s baffling to think that, according to the statement, the organizers of Fyre Festival attempted to put on a first-time experience of that size and kind without the use of outside production companies and help. MacFarland claims they were naïve, which frankly is putting it lightly considering the gravity of their failure.