Fyre festival organiser jailed for fraud
Fyre Festival was a music festival scheduled to take place for two weekends in April and May 2017 on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. The music festival was organised by Billy McFarland and raper JaRule to promote the Fyre music booking app. The event was advertised by top models like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid on the Instagram posts.
The initial guests on arrival to the island were taken to the other nearby on-going party. Later arrived attendees were taken directly to the exact venue and were surprised by the true state of the festival. Social media posts started describing the poor accommodation on the Island. Hundreds of paid partygoers were greeted with relief tents and sandwiches. Guests were told the music festival would be postponed and were asked to return the next morning.
Fyre festival website put out a statement saying
Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas. 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. 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.
Mishandling of the guests resulted in Billy McFarland and Ja Rule being hit number of lawsuits and faced the criminal investigation. Billy McFarland has now been jailed for six years after admitting to fraud.