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    Ja Rule’s Expensive Island Music Festival Has Turned Into A Nightmare

    April 28, 2017 / Posted by: Allison





    Ja Rule, clearly driven by a desire to create a music festival that would make Coachella look tolerable, launched the Fyre Festival with a tech guy named Billy McFarland. It was a two-weekend luxury music festival that started today on the Exumas Islands of the Bahamas. It was supposed to feature acts like Migos, Blink-182, and Ja Rule himself. Tickets ranged from $495 for a single day pass to $12,780 for a four-person stay in a “rustic tented space.” It ended up being entirely appropriate that the festival was named the Fyre Festival, because has turned into a flaming hot mess.

    Back in January, hype was drummed up for the Fyre Festival with a video starring models, like Alessandra Ambrosio and Bella Hadid, frolicking in the water, and promising “the best in food, art, music, and adventure.” Pay close attention to this video, as you’ll want to laugh at how scammy it seems later on.


    According to
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    , what festival goers ended up with was the worst in accommodations, the saddest in food, and the adventure of trying to get off the island before it turned into the Instagram version of
    Lord of the Flies
    . The “
    rustic tented spaces
    ” that were advertised turned out to be plastic domes with a mattress inside.













    People complained about the lack of water and medical services. And the festival’s idea of gourmet cuisine is bread and cheese slices. I guess they planned the menu using Ja Rule’s prison cookbook.
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    Once word went around that the Fyre Festival was a train wreck, Blink-182 and other artists pulled out. The Fyre Festival website has been replaced with apology and a vague explanation of what went wrong.

    “Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can.

    We are working to place everyone on complimentary charters back to Miami today; this process has commenced and the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority. The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned.”
    Ja Rule tweeted a statement claiming they’re doing all they can to get people off the island. He would also like everyone to know that the Fyre Festival is not a scam and that it’s not his fault it turned to shit. But he is “deeply sorry.

    Guests attempting to leave the Dumpster Fyre Festival are finding it’s just as huge of a mess. There are reportedly not enough buses to transport people and flights are all screwed up. On the upside, everyone who still hasn’t been evacuated from the island was treated to a delicious breakfast of what appears to be a raw Eggo topped with onions and fried sadness.
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    The entire medical team is gone. THE MEDICAL TEAM. MISSING. pic.twitter.com/2vy23SF626

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    I'm hearing the THE US EMBASSY is sending help for us LMFAAOOOO what for??? I'm enjoying my VIP breakfast pic.twitter.com/6PTYRQfkGA
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    If that breakfast could talk, it would say: “Honestly, how are you surprised? The year is 2017, and you spent thousands of dollars to see Ja Rule. I’m a toaster waffle and I could have told you that was a bad idea.”[COLOR=#666666 !important]
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    I hate to say it, but if you spent almost $13K on a trip to sleep in a tent and see JaRule and Blink-182...you might deserve to lose it!

    Just kidding, of course. I hope they have to refund those people every penny.

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    I bet they could have gotten Leann Rimes
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    I'm alternating between laughing at those custys and feeling just the tiniest bit bad for them. I'm a festival pro, and one of my pro-moves is bringing snacks and relying on the vendors to feed me real food because I HATE camp cooking. So even I would be SOL at this thing.

    I feel like whoever put this on is saying "I didn't know this job would be so hard" just like our Idiot-in-Chief. `

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    I liked the ditz whose biggest complaint was "nowhere to plug in my phone". Oh, the humanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsDark View Post
    I bet they could have gotten Leann Rimes
    And hopefully she would be stuck there.

    Not everyone cares of course:


    EXCLUSIVE: Sure beats a tent! Bella Hadid relaxes in bikini in Miami after being 'warned to avoid' disastrous Fyre Festival she backed while hundreds remain stranded in Bahamas


    • Organizers told A-listers to hold off going to the doomed festival until the 'kinks were worked out'
    • Packages cost up to £10,000 which included flights and ocean-view glamping
    • Revelers arrived to find unfinished site, piles of rubbish and feral dogs
    • Festival was officially cancelled on Friday morning
    • Co-organizer Ja Rule took to Twitter to apologize for Fyre Fest saying it was 'NOT A SCAM'
    • One guest said the festival scene looked like the set of disaster movie 'Outbreak'

    By Chelsea White For Dailymail.com
    PUBLISHED: 23:09, 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10, 29 April 2017

    Looks like this model was one of the lucky ones to get the call that the Fyre Festival was a bust.
    As hundreds of festival goers, who shelled out thousands of dollars, battled to get home from the Fyre Festival, Bella Hadid spent the day in the lap of luxury on Friday.
    Many shelled out up to $13,000 to party alongside the 20-year-old and her model mates but she never left Miami to join them.

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    What drama? As hundreds of festival goers who shelled out thousands of dollars battled to get home from the Fyre Festival, Bella Hadid spent the day in the lap of luxury on Friday


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    No sweat off her back: A number of A-listers, Bella included it seems, got the heads up early that the supposedly luxury festival location in the Bahamas was not up to scratch



    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4457252/Bella-Hadid-Miami-hundreds-remain-stranded-Fyre.html


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    This was the original announcement video/advertisement.



    The Twitter feed is pretty funny, too.

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/FyreFestival?src=hash
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    Damn, I was way hotter than her when I was that age. I'm so sick of all these "models" that are only a freaking model because of their rich parents.

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    So, last night I spent a couple of hours down the rabbit hole that is Fyre Festival. I think the reason I find this funny, is that a bunch of people happily forked over $1,000+ based only on a handful of instagram videos from the likes of Kendall Jener and Bella Hadid.

    I often wonder who follows the Kardashians, who admires them? The answer is, the people who went to Fyre do. They aspire to the vapid lifestyle of the K-holes, and that just makes the schadenfreude feel so satisfactory.

    A couple of interesting articles. Pics and vids at the link which I can't copy/paste.

    A former employee of Fyre Festival recounts why this was bound to fail.
    http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/04/fyre...-disaster.html

    I Worked at Fyre Festival. It Was Always Going to Be a Disaster.

    By Chloe Gordon

    In early March, a friend of mine texted me to ask if I wanted to be a talent producer for the Fyre Festival. I’d never heard of it, but the gig involved going to the Bahamas and being paid extremely well. So I said yes and packed my bags. The festival was supposed to be a luxury music retreat where elite millennials could mingle with “influencers” and models. Tickets cost between $1K and $125K, gourmet food and accommodations were promised. I was planning to spend the next two months working on the festival, but a mere four days after I arrived I was back on a plane to New York because the whole thing, as everyone now knows, was a complete disaster. I was briefly involved in the planning of the event and got a front-row seat to chaos.
    On March 14, I flew from Miami to the island of Great Exuma to get the planning started. I was excited, at least at first. Flying in, the water looked beautiful — but I was almost immediately warned not to go near it because of a rampant shark problem. That was an omen I regrettably missed.


    After we landed, we drove to the festival site to assess our goods. When we arrived, my initial reaction was “huh.” This was not a model-filled private cay that was owned by Pablo Escobar. This was a development lot covered in gravel with a few tractors scattered around. There was not enough space to build all the tents and green rooms they would need. There was not a long, beautiful beach populated by swimming pigs. There were, however, a lot of sand flies that left me looking like I had smallpox. Still, I had hope.

    My job as a talent producer was to coordinate travel and on-site logistics with the artists who would be performing: Blink 182, Major Lazer, Disclosure, among others, had already signed on. I would be working with an 11-person team and a few of the festival executives. The production team was all new hires and, before we arrived, we were led to believe things had been in motion for a while. But nothing had been done. Festival vendors weren’t in place, no stage had been rented, transportation had not been arranged. Frankly, we were standing on an empty gravel pit and no one had any idea how we were going to build a festival village from scratch.

    Pending disaster aside, I started working from an island rental house. I contacted the booked artists’ tour managers to start to coordinate. Almost all of them had the same question for me, which was along the lines of, “Hey … Where’s our money??” I tried to email the business manager to get an answer, who said something like “stand by” for three days in a row. By the end of the week it became clear they would not pay the people they owed.

    On Wednesday, Ja Rule arrived for a “site visit.” I don’t know if he actually visited the “site” but he did spend a lot of time on a yacht, according to his Instagram. Meanwhile the event planners were holed up indoors putting together a game plan and a budget. With so little having been prepared ahead of time, the official verdict was that it would take $50 million to pull off. Planners also warned that it would be not be up to the standard they had advertised. The best idea, they said, would be to roll everyone’s tickets over to 2018 and start planning for the next year immediately. They had a meeting with the Fyre execs to deliver the news. A guy from the marketing team said, “Let’s just do it and be legends, man.”

    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. The budget was okayed and we were told to carry on with our planning. That night Ja Rule gave a toast. “To living like movie stars, partying like rock stars, and fucking like porn stars.” If Ja Rule is punished for anything perhaps it should be that.

    Still, we proceeded. Thursday night we flew to Miami where we would work with a fully functioning internet connection. The artists still hadn’t been paid. It was my job to try and be charming while explaining to tour managers that no, there still was no money or a technical director for the festival. There was, somehow, a secured alcohol sponsor, however. This whole thing was playing out as a hilarious disaster. It was clear to most of us that nothing was going to come together at this rate.

    The next day, things really started to fall apart. On Friday, lots of people on the production team got fired. I did not get fired. I did get a phone call that same night that said something along the lines of, “Congratulations, the guys will allow you to continue to work on the festival! For two thirds of what you asked for. And we’re not paying the artists yet.” So with that, I quit. I told the tour managers I had been in contact with that I was going to take myself off the project. And then I flew back to New York and waited eagerly for six weeks to see how Fyre Festival would play out.

    Then yesterday, to my dark delight, the rug was pulled out from under them. In the morning headliner and all-around relevant band in 2017 Blink-182 pulled out, citing sub-par production standards. Last night the festival evacuated almost everyone off the island on account of they didn’t have food or tents for anyone (minor details). Today, after a wild night of #fyrefestival terror broadcast on social media, Fyre announced the festival would be indefinitely postponed.

    I cannot explain how or why the bros running this festival ignored every warning sign they were given along the way. The writing was on the wall. I saw it firsthand six weeks ago. They overlooked so many very basic things. And baby, they forgot to make me sign an NDA.

    And a 1st hand account of what happened.
    http://themuse.jezebel.com/fyre-fest...ake-1794757121

    Fyre Festival Was Such a Shit Show, I Didn’t Even Make It to the Island

    Instead of a fun weekend of music and luxury, the inaugural year of the Fyre Festival turned into hours of torment for hundreds of music fans. Co-created by Ja Rule, the festival was originally billed as an experiential event, complete with fine dining and perks, but guests soon realized the odds were not in their favor.
    On April 28—the start of what was supposed to be the first of two consecutive weekends—organizers postponed the festival, attempted to send attendees on return flights, and reportedly promised refunds. Still, guests were left stranded on the island or at airports in the Bahamas and Miami. One attendee Jezebel spoke to who chose to remain anonymous described the scene at the Exuma International Airport in George Town as disorganized yet “surprisingly calm.”


    But another ticket holder who travelled with a group of friends (all in their 20s) didn’t even make it to the island. She described the weeks leading up to the festival as a series of failures. Here’s her account of what happened, as told to Clover Hope.

    We had all been to festivals before, either camping or staying in hotels, and to us it’s about the experience. We’ve done Coachella, EDC, Ultra, everything. Nothing has ever compared to this. My friend saw the price for Fyre and thought it was cheaper than Coachella. You had Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner promoting it, and G.O.O.D. Music—all these names associated with it. You’re thinking, okay, these people have money to put on a production. And then Kendall Jenner came out with the VIP discount, for, like, an eight-person villa. That’s what was advertised first to us.

    We bought the tickets, thinking, we’ll get eight girls together and even if it’s not a great festival, at least we’ll be on the beach for the long weekend. It was like $1,200 per girl, $9,000 total. We didn’t even know the lineup. All we knew was G.O.O.D. Music, which was the first one to be named, and we’re thinking, this is great. For $9,000, we have eight girls getting a private house or villa or cabana or whatever you want to call it in the Bahamas.

    When we got the receipt for the tickets, that’s at the point where it said: “GA Lodge.” [Ed Note: As in, General Admission.] Later, we found out “lodge” was the equivalent of tent. We realized this might not actually be a house. They also sent an email saying something like, if you’re interested in purchasing cabanas, in purchasing table service, bottle service, please email us. I respond to the email inquiring about these different services they have to offer. For the next 14 days, my email repeatedly keeps bouncing back saying they’re not accepting emails, it’s not valid. We call the number and this number doesn’t exist. At one point, I was really nervous and thought the only way I could feasibly get in contact was to show up at their address.

    But we weren’t super concerned. We thought, okay, it’s the first year, we understand things might seem not as together. It doesn’t matter if we’re in a tent. We were all down. We were like, we’re gonna go.

    We were at the Miami airport on Thursday, starting at 3 p.m. There were probably about 100 people there, all for the Fyre Festival, going to George Town, Bahamas. It was Swift Air, which I’ve never flown before. I don’t think the airline really knew what was going on.

    We get there and we’re already getting texts from friends who had come from Miami and gone to Fyre earlier than us. They were stranded on a beach and people [associated with Fyre] were giving them free alcohol because the accommodations weren’t ready. Then our friends were like, they won’t remove us from this beach, they’re not letting us get toward the area where our accommodations are because apparently not enough things were prepared.

    Someone walks by us and says, “Whatever you do, don’t check Reddit.” I download the app for Reddit and type in “Fyre Festival” and it’s random posts being like: This is a shitshow, it’s so disorganized, they haven’t given us our tent.

    We get our Fyre Festival wristbands, and we go to the waiting area. Our flight has been delayed. We’re like, okay, this is a little fucked. The [airline attendants] boarding the plane told someone, “Oh, you have two? Do you want to get on this flight?” They were treating it like they had empty seats on a bus and not empty seats on a plane. It was a total free-for-all. Everyone’s psyched for what we were promised and we’re trying to ignore all these red flags. Like, why would anyone try to actually scam us?

    The airline didn’t scan our boarding passes or anything. They just collected our boarding passes and did a count, which was the first time I’ve flown anywhere recently where they didn’t scan. We were on the plane and decided to get off because we kept getting texts and phone calls from our friends on the island and they’re like, don’t come, don’t come. We had other friends who were like, okay we see tents, but it’s super disorganized. We were getting texts and in the pictures, [the Fyre organizers] were still fencing up around the water [on the beach]. Every single picture that they advertised felt like one of those schemes. We’ve been to the Bahamas before, we know what it looks like, and this was totally different.

    This flight ends up not taking off. It was eventually canceled. This is a rumor, but we heard the pilot was freaking out because all of a sudden [there were people] trying to get off the flight for, to them, no apparent reason. When we left [the plane], we had to return our boarding passes to them and they made us sign a waiver saying that it wasn’t the airline’s fault that we decided to de-board.

    A week ago, we had gotten individual emails that requested us to put money into our Fyre wristbands. Those were the wristbands that we would use to pay for things at the festival because it was cash only. This was also crazy—they were recommending between $300 and $500 per day for expenses. Food was technically included. We didn’t know what the food was. I put $500 on my card.

    We kept getting all of our information from Reddit and Instagram and texts from friends who were already there and on flights, all saying it’s canceled. Fyre waited so long to email us about being canceled and then when they sent the cancelation email—there were like, grammatical errors, typos. I honestly have no idea what sort of production it was. Everyone’s calling it a scam or a fraud, but I just think they were in over their head. They thought, All we have to do is promote it with supermodels, get a couple headliners and promise some luxury Instagrammable experience. But this stuff takes experience and a really professional organization.

    We’re genuinely curious how many people could have been involved in this. It feels like this is a staff of 12, because this has been so poorly dealt with.

    When we woke up on Friday morning, our friends who were trying to leave the island the previous night were still in the airport. This is a group of dudes who hadn’t been fed and there was apparently no drinking water. When they first got there, [the organizers] were just giving free alcohol to placate everyone. Things weren’t coming together and all of a sudden, they’re like, we have nowhere to take you, we have no more free drinks to offer you. That’s when our friends finally called us, like oh no, we’ve been here 12 hours and still nothing is ready.

    We personally wouldn’t identify with the people that were posting about their dads paying $25,000. We’ve seen the memes and the posts. But our attitude towards that is, like, they feel like they’ve been duped but with any festival there’s always that VIP experience and this was no different. There was a woman in the airport on the phone with someone from Fyre Festival upset about her accommodations and flight changes, bragging, “I have 65,000 Instagram followers. I’ll bury you guys.”

    I think people that are really into festivals, it was important to be part of the first time. This felt like something that was gonna be really cool. At the end of the day, we paid $1,200 for what was apparently a luxury experience. Obviously, now we’re looking back on it and we’re like oh, too good to be true. The idea of eating the money really sucks. There were real concerns—like, this was my rent, which I just spent on this thing that’s not happening. We feel a little better because we got that email about refunds, but we don’t know what’s gonna happen. They shouldn’t have promised so much luxury upfront. This was something where they dreamed a little too big and obviously didn’t have enough experience.
    Cuz you make it so easy, hon.
    I actually like the teller's attitude of trying to make the best of it. Too bad, she fell for the Jenner/Hadid kool-aid.
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    The twitter hashtag is a joy to behold.
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    I love this, it's fucking hilarious. Those poor little rich children, suffering so

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    Why does Bella and Kylie Jenner keep wearing those bikini bottoms that are hiked up. I don't know if they think it makes their legs look longer but it makes their his and stomach area look weird.
    I can't believe people would pay 2k for a festival. I actually didn't know that you had to pay to go to Coachella. I thought that they were normal people that try to be hipsters, I never knew they were all just rich white kids that pay to look like hipsters.
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    Its worse! There were some who paid over a hundred grand!

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    I'd rather spend the money and go else where, listen the music on my iPhone, and eat food from a truck.
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    I am surprised people thought Ja Rule would actually organise a decent music festival.
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