A luxury music festival in the Bahamas has turned into a “complete disaster” after fans discovered a poorly organized event with little security and “refugee camp conditions.”
Tickets to the Fyre Festival cost between $1,000 and $12,000 and included a flight from Miami and a stay in a “geodesic dome,” reported the BBC.
But wealthy music fans instead found they would be staying in disaster relief tents, although many of those were only partially constructed, and the catered meals they were promised turned out to be bread, cheese and salad served in styrofoam containers.
The festival was organized by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, who also founded the elite Magnises club for millennials that similarly ended in calls for refunds, and promoted by supermodels including Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid.
— FyreFestivalFraud (@FyreFraud) April 27, 2017
Festival goers were promised yacht rides, yoga and kayaking, along with performances by about two dozen artists, but instead they spent their time trying to find stolen property and flights home.
Organizers provided lockers, but no locks, and ticket holders had personal property, including their money and passports stolen, and many fans frantically searched for ways to recharge their phones to call out for help.
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
Other fans arrived on the island of Exumas without their luggage, due to mixups through the charter flight service, and all incoming flights to the music festival were canceled Thursday.
Some fans have been able to find flights back to the U.S., but others remain stranded.
Organizers promised to refund ticket costs and other expenses to fans.
Things got off to an unexpected start at day one of Fyre Festival. FOR THOSE CURRENTLY ON GREAT EXUMA We are working to comfortably accommodate guests and deliver a great experience. If you have needs, please head to the "BLUE HOUSE" on the main festival site. Security, first aid, and Fyre Festival staff are here to assist immediately, 24/7. FOR THOSE WITH PENDING TRAVEL TO THE EXUMAS TOMORROW Due to circumstances beyond our control, and in line with a culture of safety, all inbound charter flights to the Exumas have been canceled. Your ticket and any funds uploaded to your RFID band will be refunded. Thank you for bearing with us as we work through the growing pains that every first year event experiences. Revised itinerary information will be shared soon for the remainder of this weekend and weekend two.
Headliners Blink-182 pulled out of the festival Thursday, but other acts scheduled to perform this weekend include Pusha-T, Migos, Disclosure, Major Lazer and Kaytranada.
— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
— Tahnee (@itstahnee) April 28, 2017