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Festival Fail: why Fyre? Why?

The #fyrefraud. What happened?

Ja Rule broke all the rules and couldn't pull it off.

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Source: @bigkidproblems

Fyre Festival was meant to kick arse! Mega music dude, rapper Ja Rule was a co-organiser. He had all the contacts… A festival like no other, they said. It’d put Coachella to shame, they said. With tickets going from $450 to a casual $12,000 (that’s US dollars folks!), guests were promised the VIP treatment: private jet from Miami to a slick invite-only island in the Bahamas. Exclusive performances by big stars like Blink 182. Five-star eats and luxury glamping tents. Fancy fancy. 


The reality? Hunger Games Bahamas-style. Organisers had bitten off way more than they could chew. Getting there meant long queues, lots luggage - if it wasn’t chucked at them from a shipping container (kinda like school camp) - and the luxury accommodation? A bunch of (no joke) disaster relief tents. Maybe worst of all, the gourmet food everyone was promised was two slices of bread with some sweaty-looking processed cheese. Eugh. 


It got worse. The festival sewage set up started to break, so organisers called the whole thing off. On the first day. Hundreds of festival-goers stranded on the island and ain’t nobody swimming to mainland coz, sharks. Jealous yet?

Celebs like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski featured in promo videos for
the festival. It sounded legit. But, since the sh*t hit the fan, celeb apologies are burning up
social media feeds all over.


Ja Rule went with the “I’m sorry… BUT” apology, posting (in caps), that despite being co-organiser the complete lack of organisation was not in fact his fault. One original Fyre fan disagreed and now the team behind the failed festival is being sued for disaster. Hang on to your lawyers kids. 

The festival is set to be postponed to 2018. Wha? Whether anyone will wanna go? Not convinced. 


Words to live by.

By: Daisy D’Souza

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