Fyre Festival Head Admits They Were ‘A Little Naive’ In Statement
The head of the Fyre Festival detailed how the festival fell apart and admits he and his team were "a little naive."
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The Fyre Festival, a “luxury” music festival in the Bahamas, captured social media today after it was postponed. The reasons this festival fell apart were many: lack of organization, no security on the ground, canceled flights, mishandled luggage, “cabanas” that were actually disaster relief tents, terrible food, lockers without locks, and more. If it sounds like a lot, that’s because it was.
Amid the festival falling apart, the atmosphere was described as “total chaos” and “pandemonium.” For a full rundown of the festival’s demise, read this.
Fyre Festival was scheduled to feature performances from some big-time artists: Desiigner, Blink-182, Lil Yachty, Pusha T, Rae Sremmurd, Tyga, and more. Ja Rule co-organized the festival, and Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner are among the celebrities who promoted it.
Ja Rule said it’s not his fault, but he’s taking responsibility, which I’m pretty sure is literally the opposite of taking responsibility.
The festival’s head, 25-year-old Billy McFarland, has released a lengthy statement—via Rolling Stone—detailing how the festival fell apart and admitting that he and his team were “a little naive.” You can read the full statement below.
“Today is definitely the toughest day of my life. I'd love the opportunity to go through and tell my story of how we got here and how I see it now and where it's going.
Reading that, you have to feel at least a little bad for the guy. It’s clear he and his team got caught up in the excitement of their idea—which sounds good in theory, until you realize the Exumas were not set up at all for a festival—and got ahead of themselves.
Granted, a lot of people got screwed over by the Fyre Festival—that's nothing to overlook—but it sounds like the festival’s team is doing what they can to make it right.