Fyre Festival Canceled After Distastrous First Day
Organized by Ja Rule and promoted by a gaggle of supermodels, the Fyre Festival promised a luxury experience on a private island in the Bahamas. But it's been canceled after the first day because virtually nothing seemed to have been completed in time.
Where the festival's website originally promised "the rugged landscape and pristine beaches of Fyre Cay" and "a treasure hunt of exceptional proportions," there is now a statement. "Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas," it reads. "Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can. We ask that guests currently on-island do not make their own arrangements to get to the airport as we are coordinating those plans. We are working to place everyone on complimentary charters back to Miami today; this process has commenced and the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority."
It continues, "The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high- quality experience we envisioned. We ask for everyone's patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we work as quickly and safely as we can to remedy this unforeseeable situation. We will continue to provide regular updates via email to our guests and via our official social media channels as they become available."
As Uproxx notes, packages for the weekend ranged from $1,500 to $250,000, with promises of round-trip charter flights from Miami to the Bahamas, gourmet food and music by such names as Major Lazer, Blink-182, Rae Sremmurd and Migos. However, upon arriving to the island, attendees noted that the cabanas were disaster relief tents and the food consisted of cheese sandwiches and salad served in a styrofoam container. In addition, there were delays of up to nine hours in getting to the island, with many people stranded in Miami when flights were canceled.
As they heard about what was going on, Blink-182 pulled out of their appearance, tweeting, "We’re not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans."
Pictures of the debacle made their way onto social media. You can see them below.
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