Everyone who follows gossip blogs or overall pop culture journalism, have heard about the disaster of what is the Fyre Festival. Now Fyre Festival officials have issued a statement explaining how things managed to from the start was terrible.
To be fair, it seemed like a good idea at the time: a festival co-owned by Ja Rule and set on a beach in the Bahamas. From the start, the staff expressed concerns about the festival, nobody seemed to be in charge, the promised villas turned into tents(the event and lodging wasn’t even set up when guests started arriving), the event was a disaster.
Guests realized the situation was out of control and quickly left , after they had already dropped anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars on tickets, not to mention the private jets that shuttled them to the island. Now after a week, Fyre Festival is offering up apologies via Rolling Stone and a whole lot more to their guests. They’re issuing full refunds to every single guest who attended the event.
“Our festival became a real thing and took [on] a life of its own. Our next step was to book the talent and actually make the music festival. We went out excited, and that’s when a lot of reality and roadblocks hit,” Billy McFarland, the Fyre Fest organizer, explained.
He continued, “The Exumas didn’t have a really great infrastructure – there wasn’t a great way to get guests in here – we were a little bit ambitious. There wasn’t water or sewage. It was almost like we tried building a city out of nothing and it took almost all of our personal resources to make this happen, and everything we had, to make this festival go on. We thought we were ready and built two different festival sites.
But this isn’t the end to the Fyre Festival. The festival will return in 2018 with a few dramatic changes and it will take place on an American beach this time around. And for those who endured this year’s experience, the festival will be providing free VIP passes for 2018. McFarland also added, “We will donate $1.50 [per ticket] to the Bahamian Red Cross.”
Who is still willing to attend after this year? Are you?