A few are left off the hook in this serious-minded study of Fyre festival’s astonishing rise and fall. One of the more bewildering aspects of internet life is the surreal experience of digital adjacency. You are able to help organise what was dubbed as ‘the greatest party ever’, in real time, but just through online interactions. You are able to see any celebrities’ actions from a tweet or live wireless through your cousin’s Instagram stories. In April 2017, many on social media were drawn into the collapse of Fyre festival.
The Fyre festival is a classic tale of how the internet can be used to manipulate people. Billy McFarland, recruits the world’s most-liked models to advertise a festival for him in the fantasy island of the Bahamas. Ambitious promotion looks to outpace production by far as entitled young people pay thousands to see artists that do not show up. A bunch of photos that promised an exotic and exciting trip is sold to them as they come to the reality of being scammed. McFarland is sentenced to six years in prison for fraud due to the incidents in this.
Fyre Festival Fraud
‘Slick’ would be the word for the Fyre festival, which uses the clips of these highly recognised models who promote the party. One of Fyre festival’s best revelations isn’t the scale of Billy’s fraud, but the impunity of Fyre festival’s executive team. And then there’s the footage of the festival itself, a distinctly 2017 horror show almost too ripe for parody. A bunch of young music enthusiasts who came for booze and fun, reduced to looting mattresses while holding a selfie stick.
After the festival’s collapse, Fure depicts McFarland’s next move with exclusive footage. McFarland made at least another $100,000 selling fake tickets to places like the Grammys. It was after this that he was sent to jail, but it was amazing to see that even in his lowest moments, he was still ready to scam people.