Skip to main content

Over three years later, the Fyre Festival debacle rages on.

Ticket-holders from the calamitous April 2017 event on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma filed a class action lawsuit against the fraudulent event's owner, Billy McFarland, following its implosion of mythical proportions. Those patrons are still in pursuit and have recently asked a New York magistrate to issue a default judgement, which would order the disgraced founder, who is currently in prison in Ohio, to pay them $7.5 million in damages.

With McFarland behind bars, a litany of investors, pass-holders, and trustees are still scrambling to receive due funds in the wake of Fyre's bankruptcy. The tricky part, however, is where exactly those funds will come from considering his acute financial status following the festival's humiliating public fallout.

According to a report by Complete Music Update, Fyre Festival ticket-holder Daniel Jung, who has been linked to the class action lawsuit since its genesis, states in the new legal filing that McFarland failed to respond to the most recent version of his lawsuit. Jung believes that a default judgement should be issued as a result of McFarland's recalcitrance, requesting $7.5 million in damages.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles


Pophouse Entertainment Acquires Majority Stake In Avicii's Catalog

Avicii's family said the transaction will help secure the financial future of the Tim Bergling Foundation.

Santino's On Heaven

Santino's Rooftop "On Heaven" In the Underground Dance Music Destination of Playa Del Carmen

Nestled along Mexico’s Caribbean shoreline in Playa del Carmen is one of best hidden spots for underground dance music, Santino Playa.

dirtybird campout

"Ganja Garden": Cannabis Culture Comes to Dirtybird Campout

Now you can buy cannabis, learn to roll it and smoke it at Dirtybird’s famously ratchet, summer camp-themed music festival—and it's 100% legal.

The $7.5 million figure is based on the argument that "purchasers of Fyre Festival tickets suffered damages in that they expended money on Fyre Festival tickets, travel expenses, and other associated purchases for an event that did not deliver as advertised and was ultimately cancelled."

"Defendant McFarland perpetrated fraud and a number of other related wrongs by making false representations about Fyre Festival in online marketing for the event, and by otherwise concealing material facts about the festival from the consuming public," says the court papers.


aLIVE coverage - ELEMENTS Festival

Elements Festival Attendees File Class Action Lawsuit Seeking $5 Million In Damages

Three plaintiffs allege the Pennsylvania-based electronic music festival created "an uncomfortable and dangerous situation" for attendees.


UK Music Fest Dubbed "Britain's Fyre Festival" After Headliners Bail, Attendees Left Stranded

In the aftermath of the "disastrous" festival, its promoters have clapped back at a number of claims about its policies and organization.

billy mcfarland ja rule fyre

Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Is a Free Man—And Planning a Comeback

"I deserved my sentence. I let a lot of people down," said McFarland, who was released from prison after serving less than four years.

USC Events

USC Events Cancels Lucky Festival in the Wake of Insomniac Lawsuit

Refunds will be issued to ticket holders for the 2020 edition of the event.


Elements Festival Issues Apology After Attendees Compare 2021 Event to Fyre Festival

Organizers issued a statement via social media to apologize for "disappointments," but refrained from mentioning refunds.


KAOS Nightclub Lawsuit Reveals Kaskade's Multi-Million Dollar Performance Pay Rate

Following the cosmic implosion of Kaos, Kaskade has been mired in a lawsuit to receive the remainder of his contract.


Ultra Europe Organizers Pull the Plug on 2021 Festival, Announce 2022 Dates

A statement shared by organizers mentions that ticket-holders will soon receive an email with "refund conditions."