The INSIDER Summary:
- The Fyre Festival descended into chaos on Friday despite promising a luxury experience.
- It’s facing a $100 million lawsuit.
- A new report suggests the festival didn’t take adequate safety measures for thousands of attendees.
Friday’s Fyre Festival turned out to be such a disaster that it was quickly canceled and the company is already facing a $100 million lawsuit. Attendees, who in some cases paid more than $10,000 a ticket, were promised luxury accommodations, high-end catering, a beautiful Caribbean paradise, and banger musical acts. Instead, it was a chaotic event likened to “The Hunger Games.”
Multiple reports paint a picture of festival organizers dismissing major red flags that warned of doom months earlier, indicating that the event wouldn’t have the housing or food it promised ticket buyers.
In explaining why they cancelled the event on the first day, the festival cited security issues. But prior to the event, the festival said it was working with multiple agencies to ensure a safe event.
“Fyre Festival is working with local law enforcement, private contractors, and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force to provide a secure festival experience,” Fyre Festival said prior to the event. “Security will be on site for the duration of the festival.”
But according to a new report from Bloomberg Pursuits, “a spokesman for the Royal Bahamian Defense Force said they hadn’t even heard of the festival.”
This can be a huge problem for Fyre Festival. Safety issues are at the heart of the $100 million lawsuit against them.
“[The] festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees — suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions — that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella,” the lawsuit says.
Individual reports also paint a dire picture.
“People were stealing beds out of other tents,” one attendee told The New York Times. “It was just chaos. Nobody ever came in to check us in to our accommodations, if you can call it that, so they had no idea who was there and who wasn’t.”
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