Imagine a luxury music festival located on a private island in the Bahamas, featuring Victoria's Secret models enjoying the live performances of A-list musicians — including Blink 182 as the main attraction — and hanging out at extravagant villas in between. Sounds too good to be true? It was.
In fact, that's everything the infamous Fyre Festival had promised to be, and it would have delivered if not for the disastrous organization behind it that made the party event a great failure. Now, you can find out all about what actually went down thanks to Fyre, a new documentary on Netflix.
The festival was scheduled for two weeks in April and May 2017, with ticket prices ranging between USD $500 to $12,000. Models such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin (now Hailey Bieber) even announced the event on their social media platforms. It all seemed like a dream — until people arrived at the scene and came upon a real disaster.
Some of the attractions of the festival had cancelled their slots at the festival weeks earlier because they weren't being paid; the luxurious accommodations that guests had been promised were compared to "refugee camps"; and the "gourmet meals" they had paid for had been traded for two slices of bread, cheese and salad. Under rain, what was supposed to be a great party turned into a riot of looting and tumult.
Before it even started, the event was cancelled. The catastrophe was so big that party founder Billy McFarland was sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for electronic fraud. If you're curious to know more, Fyre chronicles all the drama and will arrive on Netflix on 18 January. Catch the trailer for it below: