The Luxury Music Festival That Turned Into A Nightmare For Everyone Who Attended It
If you Google the term ‘Fyre Festival’ right now, your entire feed will be bombarded by results of real-life horror stories stemming from a small island called Exumas, in the Bahamas. This was supposed to be the venue for a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ luxury music festival called the Fyre Festival that was organized by rapper Ja Rule and his partner and entrepreneur, Billy McFarland.
The Fyre Festival was one of the most talked about events in recent weeks, owing to the exclusivity and luxe factor that event promised its audiences which comprised majorly of the rich and famous. I’m talking Victoria’s Secrets’ models, the rich kids of Snapchat and Instagram, the socialites—the Jenners, the Kardashians, the Hadids and so on. The ticket prices ranged between $4,000 and $20,000 and included their entries and stay at luxurious tents on the island. The prices excluded airfare which made up for its own cost. Clearly, this was slated to be a festival not for the lower, middle, or upper-middle class folks. This was the kind of festival you would read about in glossy magazines about the who’s who that visited and lived it up and the kind that you would learn about from the Instagram and Snapchat posts made by the rich and famous kids of Hollywood celebrities and royals around the world.
Blink182 and Major Lazer were to be among some of the music headliners at the fest. Private and You had the likes of Kendall Jenner, now touted as an influencer in her own right, sharing and promoting the festival on their social media accounts. Basically, it was the one thing every heavily-loaded millennial was looking forward to.
And then, just like that, it all went up in thin air! The festival closed on the opening day, itself! This one sentence sums everything up. But, I’ll still elaborate.
Before the festival-goers began arriving on to the island, posts started hitting the internet on the hot mess that the event was. There was literally no comparison to what had been promised to the audiences.