Fyre Festival Will Literally Have to Pay for Their Mistakes - to the Tune of $100 Million
It’s almost guaranteed that you’ve heard about it by now. You’ve seen the countless shared pictures, videos, and horror stories from those fortunate enough to even purchase a ticket to the infamous Fyre Festival in the first place. Remember that picture of the “gourmet” catered meal that the attendees were promised?
What started off as an exciting new VIP music festival experience marketed towards elite millennials quickly turned into a disaster before the event even started. Various celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid promoted the event on Instagram, quickly reeling thousands of festival-goers in to pay anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000 for a ticket.
The experience promised things like a flight to the private island, luxury cabanas to stay in, and gourmet catered food all while listening to world-famous acts in the Bahamas. In short, attendees got absolutely nothing that they were promised. As far as refunds go, ticket holders could choose to either get a full refund or VIP tickets to next year’s Fyre Festival (yes, they’re actually planning another one).
On Sunday, Daniel Jung filed a lawsuit after attending the festival which seeks upwards of $100 million dollars in damages on behalf of himself and everyone else that attended. The accusations towards the Defendants (or the festival organizers) range from having no accommodations or food service, proceeding to promote the festival even when they knew they wouldn’t be able to put it on, and false imprisonment. Co-Founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule have issued both apologies and responses on social media, along with various promoters.
An email sent out by Fyre Festival to ticket holders stated,
“The Fyre Festival is a dream and vision that we poured our hearts and souls into creating, and it fell dramatically short of even the most modest expectations. We're heartbroken that we let down all the guests who put their faith in us and we fully recognize and own our shortcomings. We should have done better and we want to make it right."
For everyone that made it out of this Hunger Games like situation unscathed, we salute you. Refunds or VIP tickets for the 2018 edition of the festival are available through a link sent to you in an email from Fyre Festival.
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