Creator of the disaster of Fyre Festival - Billy McFarland says "Fyre Festival 2" is happening. It's been thirteen months after Billy's release from a US jail. He served four years of a six-year sentence for fraud. He has announced he wants to give it another crack.
On Sunday, Billy McFarland tweeted "Fyre Festival II is finally happening, Tell me why you should be invited."
That might be a bit strange for some people to read, or even believe. As the original Fyre festival was one of the biggest frauds of music festival history.
Fyre Festival was a fraudulent luxury music festival founded by con artist Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule. It was created with the intent of promoting the companyâ€™s Fyre app for booking music talent. The festival was scheduled to take place on April 28â€“30 and May 5â€“7, 2017. On the Bahamian island of Great Exuma.
The event was promoted on Instagram by social media influencers including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Emily Ratajkowski, many of whom did not initially disclose they had been paid to do so. During the Fyre Festivalâ€™s inaugural weekend, the event experienced problems related to security, food, accommodation, medical services and artist relations. It resulted in the festival being postponed indefinitely â€“ and eventually cancelled.
Instead of the luxury villas and gourmet meals for which festival attendees paid hundreds of dollars, they received prepackaged sandwiches and FEMA tents as their accommodation. In March 2018, McFarland pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud to defraud investors and ticket holders, and a second count to defraud a ticket vendor that occurred while out on bail. In October 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to forfeit US$26 million.
The organizers became the subject of at least eight lawsuits, several seeking class-action status, and one seeking more than $100 million in damages. The cases accuse the organizers of defrauding ticket buyers. Two documentaries about the events of the festival were released in 2019: Huluâ€™s Fyre Fraud, and Netflixâ€™s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.
Tell me why I shouldn't be invited? I've seen the two documentaries.