DEAR FYRE FESTIVAL, IT’S OK TO GIVE UP

DEAR FYRE FESTIVAL, IT’S OK TO GIVE UP

by Juliette Eleuterio
3 min
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Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarlan, also known as the man who royally f*cked up, tweeted “Fyre Festival II is finally happening”, and the question on everyone’s minds is who the hell approved this?

In case you haven’t watched the 2019 Fyre documentary, here’s everything you need to know about the disaster that was Fyre Festival. Created by McFarlan and JaRule – you read that right – the 2017 festival was meant to be the experience of the decade. Promoted by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, Fyre Festival promised its guests a luxurious musical getaway in the Bahamas for the steep starting price of $500 and up to $1,200 for the VIP packages. Sounds exciting, right?

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Well, it was… Until the guests arrived on site. Just about anything you could imagine go wrong went wrong: there were no sign of the influencers used to promote the event, nor did any of the promised artists show up, the provided meals (if you could even call it that) was just a miserable slice of cheese slapped on two pieces of dry bread, the luxury accommodation came in the form of tents that were drenched by the rain, and there was no electricity, no showers and no way out. Safe to say, Fyre Festival was an utter disaster. Oh and local workers were not paid, reportedly being owed a quarter of a million dollars.

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Obviously, McFarlan had to pay his dues. A year after the festival took place – or rather didn’t – the organiser was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison on 2 counts of wire fraud. The con artist, who also admitted to selling fake tickets to other events such as the Met Gala and Coachella, was released in March 2022 and moved into a halfway house until September 2022 after being released from his house arrest.

During his time in prison and under house arrest, McFarlan was able to reflect on his past mistakes and the events that led up to him being incarcerated. The conclusion of those thoughts? Let’s do it all over again. Very sensible, McFarlan.

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While McFarlan may have big plans for Fyre Festival 2, it seems that no one else is on board, and for good reasons. With over 3 million impressions on his tweet, McFarlan was not spared from the Internet’s grilling, with @sxtvik responding “If you need any help with planning, there’s a great documentary on this!”

Whether it is another fraudulent scheme or not, for the safety, wellbeing and mental sanity of literally everyone and anyone involved, let’s just say Fyre Festival 2 really does not need to happen. 

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