Following news that the Fyre Festival crashed and burned on day #1, Ja Rule’s business partner, 25-year-old entrepreneur Billy McFarland, finally addresses the disaster.
In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, he admits that he and everyone involved were “a little naive”, and apparently, in over their heads from the beginning.
“We thought we were making timeframes that were correct. We were a little naïve in thinking for the first time we could do this ourselves… The reality is, we weren’t experienced enough to keep up,” McFarland explained.
Festival-goers paid as much as $12,000 USD for tickets and $250,000 USD for luxury packages for the entire weekend. But, when they landed in the Bahamas on Thursday (April 27), the luxury ammentities they were promised were as far from luxury as can be.
Instead, guests were greeted with disaster relief tents, a lack of food, water and electricity, and feral dogs roaming the grounds. Furthermore, social media revealed accounts of violents, muggings and thief.
On social media, people posted images of a “gourmet” meal that their tickets included, which consisted of two slices of bread and two slices of cheese in a takeout container.
Despite the disaster that the inaugural Fyre Festival turned out to be, McFarland promises that next year’s event will be well-planned — Seriously, he’s gonna try this again?
“Next year, we will definitely start earlier,” he told Rolling Stone. “We’re going to take every measure to make this right for everybody now, and make this right for everybody next year, on a large scale.”