This week, we witnessed the dream of two celebrities shatter before them, leaving them in a trail of despair and desperation to regain popularity within their fans.
Fyre Festival attendees were promised paradise on a luxury private island, only to arrive in the Exumas, Bahamas, on Thursday to find a half-finished festival site, uninhabitable accommodations and hundreds of fans pleading to get out.
Cofounders of the failure festival Billy McFarland and Ja Rule “simply weren’t ready for what happened next, or how big this thing would get,” the statement which was posted on the official Fyre Festival website and stated “Yesterday was a very challenging day for all of us.”.
The line up included G.O.O.D MUSIC (artists unspecified), DISCLOSURE live and MIGOS. However no artists eventually showed up. Ja Rule tweeted from his account saying that the event was not a “SCAM”, there is something suspicious over the festival failing. Fans tweeted in despair at not only how much they had spent on the trip but how poorly they were being treated.
As International Business Times previously reported, individual tickets cost up to $12,000. A VIP package went for $250,000 for 12 people. However, a 32-year-old blogger named Seth Crossno from Raleigh, N.C., who uses the pen name William
N. Finley IV, claimed to have only paid $4000 for a ticket, although on top spent $2,700 on VIP access and $9,300 on other expenses, not including food. Crossno’s posted photos throughout the disaster on Instagram and Twitter, which helped to give the rest of the world a peak at the train-wreck festival that vastly under-delivered and was eventually cancelled.
Ja Rule, who is famously known for the song featuring Jay-Z named “Can I Get A…”, also the festival’s creator, was quick to issue an apology. “I truly apology as this is NOT MY FAULT, but I’m taking responsibility. I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by
this,” he tweeted Friday and since then, The Guardian reported he was “heartbroken” over what had happened.
“Yesterday was a very challenging day for all of us,” Fyre Festival organizers said. “[Tech entrepreneur] Billy McFarland and Ja Rule started a partnership over a mutual interest in technology, the ocean, and rap music. This unique combination of interests led them to the idea that, through their combined passions, they could create a new type of music festival and experience on a remote island. They simply weren’t ready for what happened next, or how big this thing would get.”
Although thousands of fans descended on to the festival site eagerly to meet the A-List stars, the question on a lot of fans was ‘Where were the promised A-Listers?’. Surely if this was such a sudden, tragic disaster, the A-Listers would have been trapped on the island as well.
Find the official apology letter here: https://www.fyrefestival.com