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.
However, the now-”fully postponed” fest immediately ran into a host of difficulties, according to Fader, with reported non-fun things including:
- Delayed flights
- Lost luggage
- Lack of food (except “limp cheese sandwiches”) and NO BEER
- Feral dogs
- Half-built tents
- Blink-182 pulling out on Thursday night (good thing Austin already got to see them)
- Canceled flights for those not already on the island where the festival was to be held
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.
“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?