The not-so-luxurious weekend music festival everyone can't stop talking about has been served a $100 million class action lawsuit for fraud, breach of contract, and negligent misrepresentation. That's right: The Fyre Festival organizers are being sued, reported Variety. Ticket buyers were promised music from artists like Tyga, Major Lazer, and Blink-182, as well as food by celebrity chef Steven Starr, luxury lodging, and an experience that would "exceed expectations" according to the Fyre Festival official promo video.But when travelers arrived, the festival was canceled, there was no luxury lodging or five-star food, only cheese on bread and tents, who many claimed were damp. There were also claims about an alleged lack of security, and many complained that their belongings were stolen while on festival grounds. Festival goers were also temporarily stuck on the island until the organizers were able to schedule flights out. And now organizers Billy McFarland and Ja Rule are now being sued. Bustle reached out to the representatives of the festival regarding the lawsuit, but did not immediately receive a response.
According to Variety and Rolling Stone, the lawsuit was filed by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos on behalf of plaintiff Daniel Jung and claims that the event was more like “The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella” and described the event to be “nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning.” Rolling Stone reported that the lawsuit went on to describe the festival as an alleged ploy to “fleece attendees for hundreds of millions of dollars by inducing them to fly to a remote island without food, shelter or water — and without regard to what might happen to them after that.”
The Fyre Festival issued the following statement to Bustle on April 29.
On April 28, Ja Rule issued a statement regarding the festival via his Twitter account, saying, "I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT... but I’m taking responsibility I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this."
Ja Rule later tweeted on April 30, "Relieved to share that all guest are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund. Our deepest apologies."
The statement from the Fyre Festival seems hopeful, saying that organizers will try the event again in 2018 in the United States and offer VIP passes to the people who bought passes to the 2017 event.
So while it sounds like the Fyre Festival could be attempted once again, but I hope it happens with significantly less tumult.