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8 of the most unbelievable claims from Fyre Festival



It was billed as the luxury festival for the Instagram generation: huge acts like Major Lazer, Tyga and, er, Blink 182 playing a private island in the Bahamas, organised by Ja Rule, promoted by a gaggle of supermodels in bikinis, with ticket packages costing anything from $450 for day passes up to $12,000 for a VIP package.

On its official site organisers describe it as “a cultural moment created from a blend of music, art, and food”, with partygoers whisked on to a hyper-exclusive resort on Great Exuma on “a custom, VIP configured Boeing 737” and staying in “modern, eco-friendly geodesic domes”. You could rent a yacht for a mere nine grand extra per day. Of course, all of this has now been replaced by an official statement explaining that the “team was overwhelmed”.

Behind the glamour of the woozy Instagram filters and Emily Ratajkowski, the reality did not unfold quite as guests were expecting. Over the weekend and Twitter and Reddit were set ablaze with stories we can’t quite believe.

Here are the claims that we’ve seen:

  • Luggage is being thrown out of packing containers
  • Some of the tents, which are the kind that the US government’s disaster relief department uses in crises, have been set on fire by rampaging guests
  • Security don’t speak much English and are allegedly laying people out
  • Someone’s raided a bar and is handing out free drinks to people trapped on the island
  • The US embassy in the Bahamas is chartering emergency flights off the island
  • The first night’s food experience was a bread roll, two slices of processed cheese and some lettuce
  • Many tents don’t have beds, and those that do are wet and lacking bedding
  • The lockers don’t have locks

Online, amused at the thought of people rich enough to shell out $12,000 on a VIP experience that doesn’t even include all the available upgrades having this bad of a time, is having a field day.

Fyre Festival is being held over two weekends. You’re too late for the first event, which was from April 28 to 30, but it if you were thinking that you might get a pretty sweet deal on the next one, from May 5 to 7, the bad news is that they’ve cancelled it. No surprise there.

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