The Fyre Festival was supposed to be an event as cool as its name. Hosted by Ja Rule, promoted by Instagram models with tickets costing between $450 and $12,000 (and VIP packages at $250,000!!!!!), the festival promised deluxe accommodations, Bella Hadid, and and Blink-182 on an island once owned by Pablo Escobar. But instead, the kids with money to burn got a "disaster tent city."
So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go. There are no villas, just a disaster tent city. pic.twitter.com/1lSWtnk7cA— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 27, 2017
For reference, this is what the rich youngens were expecting:
What was supposed to be a luxurious weekend turned into an elaborate, immersive lesson about the refugee crisis, stranded with their flower crowns.
Fyre Fest doesn't have beer. They "ordered it late" but they assured us it will be here tomorrow. #fyrefestival— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
William N. Finley, a writer who sprang for an Artist's Pass, told The Guardian:
“In the week leading up to it some things seemed like they weren’t as advertised. We gave them the benefit of the doubt and figured they’d pull things together before we got there.
“And we were dead wrong. It was chaos. No organization, no one was in charge, there was just a line and no one knew what to do.”
Once the madness was in motion, the chartered flights to the island from Miami were canceled.
So happy our plane never took off. We were about 5 minutes from joining "Lord of the Fyre Flies: Ja Rule's Revenge." #FyreFestival— Jeremy Burke (@JEREMYBURKE) April 28, 2017
Blink-182 was supposed to headline, and quickly said, "LOL NO."
Within a day, the festival "organizers" admitted defeat, and promised "refunds."
UPDATE: they are having us sign papers for full refunds. They are just pieces of computer paper but I mean...refunds pic.twitter.com/oNa8EIojl1— dylan (@DylanACOP) April 28, 2017
The Fyre was officially put out.
Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the islands of Exuma. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we must postpone this experience. We are working tirelessly to ensure each guest leaves the island safely and ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation as we continue to provide ongoing updates via email and our official social media channels as they become available, including refund information.
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People scrambling to be evacuated from the island reported long waits.
Some travelers sought help from the US Embassy in the Bahamas.
It's so bad, SO FUCKIN' BAD, that the US Embassy in The Bahamas is now intervening in an attempt to get people home immediately.— Iron Spike (@Iron_Spike) April 28, 2017
People were desperate.
While trying to leave, things just kept getting worse.
A guy just passed out in the airport because it's so hot since they locked us in. The guards got into it with some guys. #fyrefestival— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
After a crew finally made it back to the States, they cheered for their freedom from Fyre Festival.
The real festival was the schadenfreude on Twitter, uniting everyone as they giggled at the rich with glee.
Most of us only dream of putting the wealthy in a gulag, Comrade Ja has actually gone and done it #fyrefestival— netflix & phil ☭ (@PaleCompanion) April 28, 2017
Whats best about #fyrefestival is seeing middel class people of all races unite to shit on trust fund hipsters... This is true diversity— Lord Negro (@KangsOfEgypt) April 28, 2017
God bless #fyrefestival conmen who made the dream of exiling the oligarchs' progeny to an island of gladiatorial Darwinist combat a reality.— Omni Lovato 🔵 (@AdjectiveNouns) April 28, 2017
If you hate rich, vapid, Instagram-dwelling millennials, you are gonna looooove this hashtag: #fyrefestival— Julia Black (@mjnblack) April 28, 2017
.@WNFIV So to recap? Some Instagram kids just paid between $450 & +$12k... to be stranded... in a tropical tent city. Cuz some models told them to.— Iron Spike (@Iron_Spike) April 28, 2017
I think one striking thing about #fyrefestival is models on Instagram luring partygoers to their doom like modern-day sirens— Rachel Jane Andelman (@rajandelman) April 28, 2017
•No infrastructure— Dr. Shyam Singh🔑 (@ROOTCARE) April 28, 2017
•No governing body
•Survival of the Fittest
•Costs a fortune to be there#FyreFestival is a libertarian utopia
The revolution to overthrow the bourgeoisie is real...and brought to you by Ja Rule.