Luxury Music Festival Descends Into ‘Hunger Games’ Chaos

Fyre Festival is a dystopian nightmare.

Luxury Music Festival Descends Into ‘Hunger Games’ Chaos

Hunter Stuart

Fyre Festival is a dystopian nightmare.

Music festivals can be really fun or complete train wrecks. History books will remember Fyre Festival as the latter.

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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.

“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.

“Luxury accommodations” were apparently just disaster-relief structures from USAID:

Meals advertised as “gourmet” turned out to be this:

Airports were packed as people tried to flee the country:

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.”

Ya think?