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Catastrophic Fyre Festival Faces Lawsuit

Organisers of the once promising Fyre Festival have been struck with a $100m USD lawsuit for fraud, negligent representation and breach of contract.

The festival, organised by American rapper Ja Rule and his business partner Billy McFarland, was marketed as a unique and mystical musical experience on a remote island in the Bahamas.

Tickets to the event cost from $1,200 to over $100,000 USD, and up to 7,000 people were expected to attend.

Promotions for the event launched on Instagram in early January, with a video featuring models such as Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Emily Ratajkowski sailing on a luxury yacht.

But when masses of fans arrived on the island of Exuma, they were not greeted by a dreamlike setting or gorgeous celebrities – instead, a derelict site filled with feral dogs and disaster relief tents. There were no security or signs on the premises, which turned into thousands of panicked guests.

The dire situation arose into chaos, as attendees realised there was not an adequate amount of food, water, shelter or medical care.

Realising that they were technically stranded on a remote island, the festival turned out being “closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella,” according to the court filing.

The “blend of exotic foods” that were promised did not exactly live up to expectations. Photo: @trev4president

The court filing also described how patrons’ luggage was “unceremoniously dumped from shipping containers and left for them to rifle through”. No lights were used, forcing guests to search for their belongings in a state of utter confusion.

To make matters worse, when disgruntled travellers tried to evacuate the island, the airport was closed and flights were delayed for hours upon hours. Passengers were stuck on the tarmac for unruly amounts of time, only to be kicked off and locked in the airport by security – which actually caused a few people to pass out from dehydration.

“Luxurious” accommodation at Fyre Festival. Photo: Supplied

This dilemma ended with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism releasing a statement defending the island of Exuma itself, following reports of the island not having the proper infrastructure needed to handle an event of this nature.

Organisers of Fyre also released a statement on their website, expressing their most sincere apologies and giving an explanation as to why this exotic adventure playground turned into a war zone.

Claudia Cranch
Claudia is a young, budding journalist that can be found working at the NZ Radio Training School in Auckland.
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