‘Luxury’ island music festival turns into ‘disaster tent city,’ according to reports

Austin loves its music festivals, but even they aren’t always immune from troubles. Last year’s debut Sound on Sound Fest turned into a rain-soaked mess, and Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest have seen their fair share of mayhem (fences torn down, mud pits, what have you). But none of those events have ever been accused of turning into a “disaster tent city” where “mass chaos reigns” like Fyre Festival has.

The luxury music festival created by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland was supposed to bring an opulent party to the Bahamas April 28-30. Tickets started at $4,000 and went all the way up to 12-person VIP package for $250,000. Supposedly on tap: private beaches and tunes from Blink-182, Major Lazer, the G.O.O.D. Music crew, Migos, Lil Yachty and more.

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However, the now-”fully postponed” fest immediately ran into a host of difficulties, according to Fader, with reported non-fun things including:

The only fire to come out of the whole thing? The hot takes on social media.

Oh, and also the schadefreude:

The organizers on Friday posted that the “experience” has been postponed.

Things got off to an unexpected start at day one of Fyre Festival. FOR THOSE CURRENTLY ON GREAT EXUMA We are working to comfortably accommodate guests and deliver a great experience. If you have needs, please head to the "BLUE HOUSE" on the main festival site. Security, first aid, and Fyre Festival staff are here to assist immediately, 24/7. FOR THOSE WITH PENDING TRAVEL TO THE EXUMAS TOMORROW Due to circumstances beyond our control, and in line with a culture of safety, all inbound charter flights to the Exumas have been canceled. Your ticket and any funds uploaded to your RFID band will be refunded. Thank you for bearing with us as we work through the growing pains that every first year event experiences. Revised itinerary information will be shared soon for the remainder of this weekend and weekend two.

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“Thank you for bearing with us as we work through the growing pains that every first year event experiences,” the festival wrote in an Instagram post. Y’know, first-year growing pains like feral dogs and half-constructed tents. Really makes you a little more grateful for that ACL Fest craft beer tent, no?


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