Fyre Festival Falls Apart, Guests Show Up to Chaos

Fyre Festival
via Twitter (@WNFIV)

Wow! It appears the hyped Fyre Festival, set to kick off in the Bahamas this weekend, has crashed and burned.

Touted as an ultra luxury experience, with tickets going for as much as $12,000 USD and packages eclipsing $250,000 USD, the two-weekend festival was promoted by supermodels like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Chanel Iman and Emily Ratajkowski, while it was set to feature performances by the G.O.O.D. Music roster, Blink-182, Lil Yachty, Migos and Major Lazer, among others.

Sounds fun, right? Well, when concert goers arrived on Wednesday (April 27), the grounds weren’t exactly what they expected. Instead of a luxury atmosphere, 5-star catered meals and lavish amenities, they were greeted with flimsy, half-built tents, bread and cheese sandwiches in takeout containers and feral dogs roaming around the grounds.

Social media blew up with attendees bashing the event and offering first-hand accounts of the chaos.

Some said they had scary encounters with violent locals, others said their luggage was stolen, and some said they were even mugged for their jewelry and wallets.

The inaugural Fyre Festival was put together by rapper Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland.

In a statement, organizers said they were working to get guests on flights home safely.

“Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas,” the statement read. “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,” it continued. “We are working to place everyone on complimentary charters back to Miami today; this process has commenced and the comfort and safety of our guests is our top priority.”

Ja Rule took to Twitter, saying he was “heartbroken” that the festival fell apart, but insisted it wasn’t “a scam” as social media has labeled it.

Some reports said the Fyre Festival would be postponed, but it’s unlikely some of these attendees will want to return. What do you think? Tell us on social media.