Guests were expecting a high-end event, but they got more than they bargained for.
Musician Ja Rule is probably going to have a lot of explaining to do after he took upwards of $250,000 per ticket to offer fans a music festival called “The Fyre Festival” in the Bahamas.
Unfortunately, this celebration was less than lackluster and caused many people to accuse him of concocting a scam. Ja Rule quickly went on Twitter to dispel these statements saying the event was definitely not a scam.
“We are working right now on getting every one of [sic] the island SAFE that is my immediate concern. I will make a statement soon I’m heartbroken at this moment my wanted this to be an amazing event it is NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded…I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT…but I’m taking responsibility I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this…”
One group which was inconvenienced was Blink 182, the scheduled headliners at the event backed out saying they weren’t sure the venue was the best place to give their fans what they wanted.
“Regrettably and after much careful and difficult consideration, we want to let you know that we won’t be performing in the Bahamas this weekend. We’re not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give our fans.”
Some people have described the scene as a sequel to "Lord of the Flies" in the making and "The Hunger Games" with half the luxury.
The Fyre Festival web page now has the following statement:
Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas.
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 ask that guests currently on-island do not make their own arrangements to get to the airport as we are coordinating those plans. 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.
We ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we work as quickly and safely as we can to remedy this unforeseeable situation. We will continue to provide regular updates via email to our guests and via our official social media channels as they become available.
-The Fyre Festival Team