Fyre Festival: Is this the worst ‘luxury’ festival of all time?

Almost certainly

Picture the scene. You’re pretty well off, and you fancy a festival this summer. Couldn’t get Glastonbury tickets, and Reading and Leeds is a bit, erm, dirty for you. You want to watch some of music’s biggest names, in a bit of style and a bit of luxury. Fyre Festival, then, the ‘luxury festival’ starring Major Lazer, Disclosure, Skepta and more looks mighty appealing. Yeah, tickets cost between $4,000 and $12,000 – but it’ll be worth it, right?

Er, perhaps not. The festival, which takes place in the lovely Bahamas has transpired to be a bit of a dystopian nightmare, with reports flooding social media from dissatisfied punters detailing some of the nightmarish scenarios.

Things got off to bad start when one of the headliners Blink-182 cancelled their slot after they deemed they were unable to give the “quality of performances” fans are used to.


— blink-182 (@blink182) April 27, 2017

Then, as attendees arrived on site, that’s when things got really bad. William N Finley, a writer for the ITB Insider and others have been chronicling the chaos on Twitter.

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

These are the secure lockers at Fyre Fest. They forgot to tell us we needed locks. #fyrefestival #fyrefest pic.twitter.com/Tqyjqbg2Gy

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

#FyreFestival update, photos from the ground! pic.twitter.com/Z7fn9cKaz3

— FyreFestivalFraud (@FyreFraud) April 27, 2017

And here’s the luxury food offering.

what do you think of this meal that was apparently served at #fyrefestival that ppl paid +12k for @GordonRamsay pic.twitter.com/a0BQVAHmvn

— marisa scully (@bussacivga) April 28, 2017

Reddit also reported some serious and disturbing allegations of the attendees being seriously mistreated.

Mixmag now reports that the festival has been cancelled, and that attendees are being returned home. But, predictably, that’s going about as well as you’d think…

Just waiting with my Fyre Fest pals to get on the flight out. The plane hasn’t left Miami yet. It’s lit! #fyre #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/glIYmIG0dc

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

Just sitting on the runway while they check every single passport again. By hand. On a clipboard. #fyre #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/esp7AV9h13

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

We have now gotten off the plane because they can’t get the headcount and the manifest to match up. This is fine. #fyrefestival #fyre pic.twitter.com/W89nddb6Fe

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

They’ve now locked us in the airport. No rules, just right. Welcome to the Bahamas! (Tell my family I love them) #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/KkgkroZzhc

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

And it was looking oh so rosy for their Social Media manager just yesterday.

So this’ll be me for the next while! 🏝🎼#fyrefestival @fyrefestival #socialmediamanager pic.twitter.com/YR8pZK1CLj

— PaxiTodd (@PaxiTodd) April 27, 2017

Don’t imagine seeing this festival on the calendar for next year…

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