Fyre Festival, billed as a luxurious weekend concerts in the beautiful Bahamas, is called off after reports of “total chaos” and disorganization.
THE EXUMAS, BAHAMAS (APRIL 27, 2017) (“WILLIAM NEEDHAM FINLEY IV @ITBINSIDER”) – Music enthusiast William Needham Finley IV traveled to the Exumas in the Bahamas for “Fyre Festival” – an event billed as a luxurious weekend concert party in paradise. But when he arrived to the islands on Thursday (April 27), he found a disorganized mess.
Social media soon became flooded by posts from angry festival-goers, who had hoped to listen to groups like Blink-182 and Major Lazer but were now stranded after learning that the concert had been ‘postponed’.
The festival was officially canceled on Friday (April 28), the New York Daily News reported. Tickets cost well above $1,000 per person, Variety reported. The gourmet, catered meals advertised turned out to be cheese and ham sandwiches, concertgoers said.
“So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go. There are no villas, just a disaster tent city,” said Finley IV in a Twitter post, along with a video clip showing stranded concert goers, portable toilets and a yellow school bus, supposedly the means of transportation for the event.
Rapper Ja Rule, who was a co-organizer of the event, issued an apology. “I’m deeply sorry,” the rapper said in a statement.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, though not an official sponsor, also offered a “heartfelt apology” to those who were left stranded in the Exumas without proper transportation.