Luxury Music Festival Descends Into ‘Hunger Games’ Chaos
Fyre Festival is a dystopian nightmare.
The four day festival, which was created by Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland, was billed as a luxurious experience on a private island in the Bahamas. Festival promoters used supermodels and social media influencers like Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski to build hype.
But when thousands of people showed up Thursday morning?—?some of whom spent over $100,000 for ticket packages that included private yachts?—?they found the festival in a state of chaos. According to news reports and social media posts, there was a lack of lighting, little food and roving groups of criminals?—?including event security guards?—?assaulting and mugging people.
@USEmbassyNassau Help I'm at the #fyrefestival and all my stuff has been stolen. My passport is gone. Wallet gone. What do I do?
@USEmbassyNassau my phone dying Please send help 2 festival grounds Its chaos,tents are on fire, people fighting for food #fyrefestival
“Hundreds of visitors to [the island of] Exuma [where the festival was scheduled to take place] were met with total disorder and chaos,” the Ministry of Tourism of The Bahamas says.
Rumors are surfacing that people at #fyrefestival are fighting over food and passports being stolen. Is it time too early to call the cops?
This is how Fyre Fest handles luggage. Just drop it out of a shipping container. At night. With no lights. #fyrefestival
“Luxury accommodations” were apparently just disaster-relief structures from USAID:
Stuck at #fyrefestival trying to leave for the last 8 hours. barley any food or water or security or electricity
Meals advertised as “gourmet” turned out to be this:
The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dressing. #fyrefestival
Airports were packed as people tried to flee the country:
U.S. Citizens attempting to leave #Bahamas after #fyrefestival #scam. People are scared. This festival put people in danger. #fyrehoax https://t.co/7mlble0Obt
This sums up Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefestival #fyrefest
Bands slated to perform at Fyre Festival included Skepta, Major Lazer, Disclosure, Lil Yachty and members of G.O.O.D. Music. Blink 182 was also scheduled to perform but?—?apparently sensing that something wasn’t right?—?pulled out at the last minute.
Eddie James, a representative for the festival, told the New York Times there were plans to “get everyone off the island safely” by the end of the day Friday.
In response to the “Hunger Games”-esque spiral into chaos, the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism tweeted: “The event organizers… clearly did not have the capacity to organize an event of this scale.”