On Thursday night, reports started to spread across social media about the disaster at the Fyre Festival, a luxurious cultural event set in Exumas, Bahamas, which promised "a blend of music, art and food." What became evident, however, was that the reality of the festival was apparently far from what the marketing had promised. Tickets went for as much as $12,000, with the hefty price of admission supposedly to cover a chartered flight from Miami, luxury catering, private villas for sleeping quarters, and performances from musicians such as Blink 182, Major Lazer, and Disclosure. However, as dismayed guests at the Fyre Festival seemed all too eager to share online, the event reportedly failed to deliver a lot of it, with the festival seemingly left in a state of disorganized chaos.
According to a variety of posts shared on Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit, the Fyre Festival grounds were apparently full of half-built tents and litter. Water and food were reported to be in scarce supply, with catered meals amounting to little more than slices of bread and cheese and a small garnish of salad. Other reports were claiming that the situation became even more tense overnight, with allegations of there being feral dogs roaming wild through the site, luggage being thrown to people from the back of a truck, and festival staff and security being difficult to find.
In the early hours of Friday morning, the organizers of the Fyre Festival addressed the chaos of the event on Instagram, stating:
Update, April 28, 12:13 p.m. EST: The Fyre Festival organizers have released an updated statement on Instagram regarding the current circumstances of the event:
Update, April 28, 2:28 p.m. EST: On Friday afternoon, Ja Rule released a statement about the events on his Twitter account. "I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT," he wrote. "But I'm taking responsibility and I'm deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this."
One thing is for sure, you guys. This is definitely not what these festival goers signed up for.
Update, April 29, 10:23 a.m. EST: Fyre Festival released a new statement via email, signed by "Billy and the Fyre Festival Team." In this update, they further explained the situation. Here's an excerpt:
The team also announced they will be giving full refunds to this year's guests, along with VIP passes to next year's festival.
They also thanked everyone for their "continued patience and understanding." The statement continued, "We apologize for what all of our guests and staff went through over the last 24 hours and will work tirelessly to make this right."