At one point in the evening, Ms. Kumar said, staff members dumped a bunch of unopened containers — like “Amazon shipment boxes” — at the site, and instructed concertgoers to rifle through them for anything that was missing from their tents. “It was everything from, like, bongos to floaties to sleeping bags,” she said.NYMag:
On Friday, Ms. Kumar and her friends managed to get a room at a hotel, hitching a ride from a local. Taxis were hard to come by, in part because the festival had promoted itself as a cashless event, asking attendees to upload funds to digital wristbands instead. So people were stranded without money.
At this point it was pretty clear that this was a mess and I shared my concerns with the man I reported to. But he assured me that the Fyre execs were legit, and said some socialite was underwriting the whole thing.Rolling Stone:
We were a little naïve in thinking for the first time we could do this ourselves. Next year, we will definitely start earlier.NewYorker:
"So my group of friends and I went into fight-or-flight mode."D and T:
"It was such a shit show. I’m sorry—I’m delirious from not eating, I’m still in my bathing suit"
Who is Billy McFarland, the Fyre Festival founder who just scammed a bunch of rich kids?Reddit, two weeks ago:
If you look at just about anything they claim on the website you'd see that nothing adds up. -It's not on a private island -Nothing has really been built yet -You won't fly in on a private plane -Their accommodations are hugely inflated in price -Some of their artists are complete nobodies and others have booked gigs in other locations -None of the artists are promoting this eventVice:
Not saying its a scam but it doesn't sound completely legit either. Read more about it here to make up your own mind
[Kendall] Jenner promoted the festival in a now-deleted Instagram photo, for which she was paid $250,000, according to a Fyre employee with knowledge of the transaction. Jenner did not label the post as an advertisement.