Given the scale of most music festivals, it’s not uncommon for a fest to have its fair share of glitches, human error, and overall bad luck.
While mayhem is sometimes common, the Fyre Festival in the Exumas, Bahamas has taken festival struggle to new levels.
Described as “a cultural moment created from a blend of music, art, and food,” the Fyre Festival was to boast a luxury experience for attendees, with transportation provided via a VIP configured Boeing 737 aircraft and lodging in geodesic domes.
Tickets prices to the festival, which was co-created by rapper Ja Rule, reached the thousands.
The social media accounts from a number of attendees yesterday (April 27) paint a less luxurious picture of the festival.
One Twitter user, William N. Finley IV, described Fyre Fest as “a complete disaster” and “a disaster tent city.” In one photo Finley shared, luggage appears to be distributed out of a storage container.
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) April 27, 2017
This is how Fyre Fest handles luggage. Just drop it out of a shipping container. At night. With no lights. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/X5CdZRyJWo
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
A side-by-side photo one Twitter user shared of the “geodesic domes” and tents used for disaster relief shows eerie similarities.
In case you're wondering, those "cabanas" are actually disaster relief tents.#fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/jaZpkIKVT2
— Matt Halfhill (@MattHalfhill) April 28, 2017
And the food doesn’t look much better.
The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dressing. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/I8d0UlSNbd
— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
Additionally, flights to the Exumas from Miami were reportedly halted due to the island being over capacity.
Taking place from April 28 – 30 (and later May 5 – 7), the Fyre Fest boasts a solid lineup of artists, including Lil Yachty, Major Lazer, and Kaytranada. Blink 182, a group set to headline, has reportedly already backed out of the festival. It’s unclear if other artists have or will follow suit.
An Instagram account for Fyre Fest has revealed that they are “working to comfortably accommodate guests and deliver a great experience” for those already on the island. Additionally, “all inbound charter flights to the Exumas have been canceled,” and those unable to make it to the island will receive refunds.
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.