Remember when Emily Ratajkowski and friends advertised a ~stunning~ music festival on a secluded island ran by Ja Rule? Well, attendees are quickly proving that influencer marketing doesn’t always work.
After Blink-182’s abrupt cancellation, the bad news is continuing. One look at the #FyreFestival hashtag on Twitter will show you that the festival is an absolute disaster. After the first attendees began to arrive, it was clear that there was no organization in place and absolutely no one was told how to proceed upon arrival.
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. . . . . #fyrefestival #fyre #fyrefest #whereismyluggage #travel #vacation #bahamas #pic #photooftheday #photography #picoftheday #influencer #startup #raleigh #raleighnc #nc #northcarolina
To add to the negativity, “five-star meals” are quite the opposite and staff have been handing luggage out of a shipping container in the dark. It can only be assumed that items have been lost, stolen, and misplaced.
— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
Instagram user @dropout.bear uploaded a video revealing that entire planes full of guests have been turned away, “due to overcapacity on the island.”
Now, things have reportedly taken a turn for the worse and are getting dangerous, according to a Twitter account dedicated to revealing information about the festival. Word has it that empty planes are being sent to the island as part of a rescue mission.
— FyreFestivalFraud (@FyreFraud) April 28, 2017
You can stay informed via Twitter, by searching the now-trending hashtag, #FyreFestival. We will continue to monitor this situation and post any updates as they are made public. If anyone has any information on Fyre Festival, please tweet us here.
UPDATE (2:13 a.m. EST): According to Twitter user @DylanACOP, attendees are being asked to sign pieces of computer paper for refunds, but no one is in real danger. Tents are not on fire, as users have reported. Right now, most have left the site or are likely in tents sleeping. Ja Rule or the festival organizers have not provided a statement.
UPDATE: they are having us sign papers for full refunds. They are just pieces of computer paper but I mean…refunds pic.twitter.com/oNa8EIojl1
— dylan (@DylanACOP) April 28, 2017
UPDATE (2:20 a.m. EST): The festival has made an official statement via Instagram. “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.” Plans to cancel the remainder of the festival, or the second weekend of the festival, do not seem to be in place.
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.
UPDATE (4/28): The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has offered an apology to Fyre Festival attendees, expressing their extreme disappointment in the way that the festival unfolded and explaining that they sent out a team of representative to assist visitors.
We are extremely disappointed in the way the events unfolded yesterday with the Fyre Festival. We offer a heartfelt apology to all who traveled to our country for this event. Tourism is our number one industry and it is our aim to deliver world-class experiences and events. Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos. The organizers of Fyre recently asked the Ministry of Tourism for support for their private event. The Ministry of Tourism is not an official sponsor of Fyre Festival. Given the magnitude of this undertaking, the MOT lent its support as we do with all international events. We offered advice and assisted with communications with other government agencies. The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale. A team of Ministry of Tourism representatives is on the island to assist with the organization of a safe return of all Fyre Festival visitors. It is our hope that the Fyre Festival visitors would consider returning to the Islands Of The Bahamas in the future to truly experience all of our beauty.
Ja Rule also (finally) took to Twitter to deny any responsibility, but to assure everyone that he is working to “make it right.”
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) April 28, 2017