Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival Co-Founder Admits They Fucked Up — But Wants To Try Again Next Year!
What a disaster.
As we reported, the Fyre Festival, which was supposed to be held over this weekend on the island of Exumas on the Bahamas, turned out to be a complete joke.
Guests expecting a luxury trip arrived to disaster relief tents for accommodations, broken sewer pipes, and bread and cheese for food.
Ja Rule, one of the organizers, has taken some of the responsibility for their lack of preparedness. Now, the rapper’s co-organizer Billy McFarland is explaining what went wrong.
In a piece published for Rolling Stone, the 25-year-old entrepreneur says he hopes to make it up for their guests next year with free admission.
As for how this year’s went so wrong, he details the conditions weren’t perfect to start with:
"The Exumas didn’t have a really great infrastructure – there wasn’t a great way to get guests in here – we were a little bit ambitious. There wasn’t water or sewage. It was almost like we tried building a city out of nothing and it took almost all of our personal resources to make this happen, and everything we had, to make this festival go on. We thought we were ready and built two different festival sites."
Billy also blames a storm for taking down their original accommodations:
"The morning of the festival, a bad storm came in and took down half of our tents and busted water pipes. Guests started to arrive and the most basic function we take for granted in the U.S., we realized, "Wow, we can’t do this." We were on a rush job to fix everything and guests were arriving and that caused check-in to be delayed. We were overwhelmed and just didn’t have the foresight to solve all these problems."
With all guests being sent home and refunds being processed, Ja Rule’s business partner admits they got in over their heads:
"The weather unfortunately delayed flights and made them run into each other in terms of being close to when a lot of people were arriving. That was unfortunately something we had no control of, but it made things unacceptable for guests and we feel bad for it. We thought we were making timeframes that were correct. We were a little naïve in thinking for the first time we could do this ourselves. Next year, we will definitely start earlier. The reality is, we weren’t experienced enough to keep up."
They really didn’t even seem prepared ahead of that big storm. No food? Electricity?
But the disgraced Fyre Festival co-founder says they plan to make it up a year from now:
"There will be make-up dates, May 2018 in the U.S., free for everybody who signed up for this festival. We will donate $1.50 [per ticket] to the Bahamian Red Cross. It’ll keep the theme of being on water and beach. It’ll be not just music, but all forms of entertainment. The one change we will make is we will not try to do it ourselves. We will make sure there is infrastructure in place to support us."
With Blink-182, Migos, and Major Lazer originally slated to perform, who would even want to book this gig in 2018??
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