Fyre Festival Has Been “Postponed”

Fyre Festival Has Been “Postponed”

The first-year festival will not go on as planned.

The first-year festival will not go on as planned.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Attendees at the inaugural Fyre Festival this weekend, held at an alleged private island in the Bahamas, were expecting a top-notch experience with luxury accommodations, gourmet food, and sets from artists like Tyga, Desiigner, Major Lazer, and Disclosure. After all, they paid anywhere from $2000 to $12,000 for the adventure. Unfortunately, that isn't what they arrived to, if they made it there at all. This morning, the festival canceled all inbound flights.

Guests who were expecting to stay in in “modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes,” as advertised on the Fyre Fest site, instead arrived on the island only to be greeted by basic camping tents, which are apparently shelters left over from USAID relief efforts. For good measure, here is a sketch of what buyers were promised. Things only went downhill from there. The gourmet food promised was little more than some bread, a few slices of cheese, and a small salad, all packaged in a styrofoam to-go box.

Many have reported having issues with receiving their luggage on the island, as they were not allowed to take it with them on the flight. When it was finally delivered on a truck, late at night, people tried to tell each other’s bags apart in what appears to be relative darkness. The secure lockers were apparently also “B.Y.O.L.” (bring your own lock), but no one told the attendees.

The conditions were so bad that headliners like Blink-182 pulled out last minute and social media promoters like Kendall Jenner were deleting their Instagram ads at the speed of light. Organizers initially announced that all Exumas-bound flights would be cancelled but that the festivities would go on, before flat-out cancelling the whole affair this morning. Or in their words, “postponed,” as if the festival was somehow salvageable. Festival organizer Ja Rule has remained radio silent on the ordeal.

The Bahamas Industry of Tourism released a statement apologizing for the treatment that attendees received and clarified that they were not an official sponsor of the event, despite their best efforts to assist. The future of the festival remains unclear.

Credits: Photo: Instagram

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