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It was supposed to be the most glamorous event of the year…  With all the selfie opportunities and flower-crowns that a young and gym-bodied social media influencer could dream of.  However, Fyre Festival, an elite concert event on a deserted island in the Bahamas — with tickets priced up to $12,000 USD — has, quickly, turned into a terrifying B-movie.  Flocks of Instagram models were forced to seek shelter in an airport, after arriving to discover a lack of food, appalling accommodations, feral dogs roaming the grounds, and violent locals.

As a result, social media exploded overnight, with tales of Instagram-filtered terror and disappointment, with beautiful festival-goers arriving on the island to discover half-built tents, their luggage being thrown out of the back of a truck, muggers and thieves laying in-wait to steal wallets from trust fund kids, unhelpful staff, and "gourmet cuisine" that turned out to be nothing except for ham and cheese sandwiches.

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'Rich Kids of Instagram Meets Hunger Games': Guests at Luxury Fyre Festival Where Tickets Cost $12,000 USD 'Hungry, Mugged, and Stranded'

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by James Stewart
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Location:  Tim Hortons, 465 Barrydowne Rd., Sudbury, Ontario, P3A 3T4, Canada
 

 

It was supposed to be the most glamorous event of the year…  With all the selfie opportunities and flower-crowns that a young and gym-bodied social media influencer could dream of.  However, Fyre Festival, an elite concert event on a deserted island in the Bahamas — with tickets priced up to $12,000 USD — has, quickly, turned into a terrifying B-movie.  Flocks of Instagram models were forced to seek shelter in an airport, after arriving to discover a lack of food, appalling accommodations, feral dogs roaming the grounds, and violent locals.

As a result, social media exploded overnight, with tales of Instagram-filtered terror and disappointment, with beautiful festival-goers arriving on the island to discover half-built tents, their luggage being thrown out of the back of a truck, muggers and thieves laying in-wait to steal wallets from trust fund kids, unhelpful staff, and "gourmet cuisine" that turned out to be nothing except for ham and cheese sandwiches.


 

 

 

Reportedly, one woman who paid $10,000 USD for a VIP ticket, left her belongings in a half-erected tent — only, to have them stolen minutes later.  "One guy got punched out by security and they took his wallet", claimed one festival-goer on Reddit.  Others, claimed that local residents on the island had been assaulting Fyre Festival attendees.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism today released the following statement on Twitter:
 

Fyre Festival, is the brain-child of tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland and Noughties rapper, Ja Rule…  Designed as an exotic alternative to Coachella, and promoted by a bevy of Instagram-friendly supermodels — including, Bella Hadid, Chanel Iman, and Emily Ratajkowski.
 

Fyre Media, the company behind the festival, paid celebrity "influencers" to promote the festival across their social media, before an actual musical line-up had even been announced.  The campaign worked, with the festival selling thousands of tickets to the island event — described as "a cultural moment created from a blend of music, art, and food" — to be held over two weekends, on the island of Exumas.

There were hints that Fyre Festival was potentially an elaborate scam — when Blink-182, abruptly, pulled-out of performing — claiming that they were "not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans".  The band was due to perform at the festival, alongside of acts such as Disclosure, Major Lazer, Skepta, and members of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music hip-hop troupe.

While the event continues to be traumatic to the many rich and/or beautiful people, currently seeking shelter in an airport and eager to fly home, social media has — somewhat, understandably — reacted with giggles.

 
karalena.:
#FyreFestival has to be a social experiment.  Surely.  "How gullible are rich millennials: a case study of the use of influencers in Exuma"
 
Mark Birrell:
I'm looking forward to the unironically harrowing #fyrefestival film.  2hrs of Naomi Watts frantically asking ppl if they've seen her iPhone.
 
Nathan Martin:
Millenials:  Nobody can pull off a con like Donald Trump!
Ja Rule:  Hold my beer.
#fyrefestival
 
G Perikounmpo:
People paid thousands of dollars to go to the Hunger Games #FyreFestival
 
WCF Champs Rockets:
So a bunch of rich kids got tricked by Ja Rule to fly out to eat cheese sandwiches and get lap dances by IG models?  Lmaooooo  #fyrefestival

According to one festival-goer, organisers on the island have handed out sheets of paper, encouraging people to sign it — in order to get a full refund of their tickets.  However, the Fyre Festival Web site, states:

All sales are final.  There are no refunds.
 

The festival's Instagram account has claimed that they're working to "accommodate guests and deliver a great experience".  They've directed festival-goers to an, apparent, safe-zone.

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.

 
Categories:  Celebrity Gossip, Entertainment, Law, Lifestyle, Music, Photography, Social Media, Travel  
Tags:  Comedy, News, Outdoors, The Stupid, The Suck

 
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References:

  1. Bahamas official statement on Fyre Festival #FyreFestival
    by The Bahamas‏ Published: 
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  2. Fyre Festival
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  3. Things got off to an unexpected start at day one of Fyre Festival.
    by Fyre Festival Published: 
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  4. #FyreFestival has to be a social experiment. Surely. 'How gullible are rich millennials: a case study of the use of influencers in Exuma'
    by karalena. Published: 
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  5. I'm looking forward to the unironically harrowing #fyrefestival film. 2hrs of Naomi Watts frantically asking ppl if they've seen her iPhone.
    by Mark Birrell Published: 
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  6. Millenials: Nobody can pull off a con like Donald Trump! Ja Rule: Hold my beer. #fyrefestival
    by Nathan Martin Published: 
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  7. People paid thousands of dollars to go to the Hunger Games #FyreFestival
    by G Perikounmpo‏ Published: 
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  8. So a bunch of rich kids got tricked by Ja Rule to fly out to eat cheese sandwiches and get lap dances by IG models? Lmaooooo #fyrefestival
    by WCF Champs Rockets‏ Published: 
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  9. Stuck at #fyrefestival trying to leave for the last 8 hours. barley any food or water or security or electricity
    by Lamaan Published: 
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  10. The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dressing. #fyrefestival
    by Tr3vor Published: 
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  11. The 'gourmet cuisine' this weekend was included in the ticket cost. We are being fed salads and ham and cheese sandwiches out of this tent
    by dylan Published: 
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  12. This is how Fyre Fest handles luggage. Just drop it out of a shipping container. At night. With no lights. #fyrefestival
    by William N. Finley IV Published: 
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  13. UPDATE: they are having us sign papers for full refunds. They are just pieces of computer paper but I mean...refunds
    by dylan Published: 
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