Posted on September 10, 2019
In 2017, a viral social media campaigned was launched by Fyre Media about an immersive music festival on the island of Great Exuma (previously owned by Pablo Escobar) in the Bahamas that was to be thrown in spectacular fashion. Millions of young individuals wanted nothing more than to party with the A-List celebrities promised to attend, as well as to dine with gourmet food and rest in what seemed to be, luxury eco-friendly villas.
Tickets were starting at $500 and went up to $12,000 for a VIP experience and private airfare. However, the event didn’t quite go as planned. Billy McFarland, the visionary and founder of Fyre Festival had no previous experience for planning festivals. Regardless, McFarland partnered with Ja Rule to discuss the idea and announced it just five months before the festival date. Traditionally, even an experienced professional on mainland would need at least 12 months to set up an event of this size, thus the festival was destined to fail before anyone even bought a ticket. McFarland had a way with hiding all the red flags from his employees and if someone got suspicious of the disaster in the making, he would just fire and replace them. McFarland was willing to lie, cheat, and steal his way to see Fyre Festival happen, no matter how depraved the outcome.
Below is the colossal fail of an event that McFarland and Ja Rule put together:
Fyre Festival could have very well lived up to the vision that the festival’s CEO, Billy McFarland, had promised if enough time and planning had been utilized. Instead, he was fined $26 million and sentenced to six years in prison for all the money he stole from the individuals he promised an event of a lifetime to. Hopefully, an epic fail of this proportion is a wake-up call for all new “event planners,” who utilize social media platform’s viral spread of news worthy collaborations, to deliver what they promise or there will be humiliating repercussions.
Contributor: Amy Norman
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