What does a $12,000 ticket to Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival get you? A weekend festival filled with shoddy tents, trash all over the place — and just for free, rabid dogs.
Starting last December, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski promised Instagram users a wonderful weekend in the Bahamas in April. Created by Ja Rule, the Fyre Festival promised fans a two-weekend music festival that celebrated luxury. The tagline on Instagram read, “like all great stories, this one begins with a voyage.”
Yet, people who showed up to the Bahamas found that this scam voyage had sunk under its own weight thanks to poor organization.
Fyre Festival organizers promised to fly guests on custom “VIP-configured” jets to the Exuma section of The Bahamas. Guests would stay in modern, geodesic domes. They would swim around private coral reefs, sunbathe, and watch musical acts perform, including Blink 182.
Things got off to a really bad start. Festival attendees reported delayed flights, lost luggage and a lack of food. Upon arriving at the event, fans found half-built tents, piles of garbage, and even feral dogs.
The event quickly descended into what one Twitter user called “mass chaos.” Users took to Reddit and Twitter to post their complaints along with images and videos of the failed luxury music festival.
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. pic.twitter.com/1lSWtnk7cA
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) 27 de abril de 2017
— FyreFestivalFraud (@FyreFraud) 27 de abril de 2017
Here’s the “culinary experience” we got for our artists pass at Fyre Festival. pic.twitter.com/Kk9q9uvkX0
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) 28 de abril de 2017
— Rich ?? Powell (@RichPowell_NRx) 28 de abril de 2017
@FyreFraud posted one user’s complaint: a festival organizer took them to the beach to “hang out” in the rain as their tents weren’t ready.
Attendees paid between $4,000 to $12,000 for their tickets.
Following these reports, and to avoid attaching themselves to the controversy, Blink 182 cancelled their performance. In a statement on Twitter, the group said,
“Regrettably, and after much careful and difficult consideration, we want to let you know that we won’t be performing at Fyre Fest in the Bahamas this weekend and next weekend. We’re not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans.”
Now, reports suggest that organizers have all-but-cancelled the event due to poor organization.
Ja Rule, along with organizers, have yet to give an official statement. The only news given by organization is that the Fyre Festival has been “fully postponed.”
[Update] The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released an official statement on Twitter a short while ago.