31st March 2019 – (Malaysia) According to wikipedia, Fyre Festival was a failed “luxury music festival founded by Billy McFarland, the CEO of Fyre Media Inc and rapper, Ja Rule. It was originally created with the intent of promoting the company’s Fyre app for booking music talent. The festival was scheduled to take place from April 28–30 and May 5–7, 2017, on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. During the Fyre Festival’s inaugural weekend, the event experienced problems related to security, food, accommodation, medical services and artist relations, resulting in the festival being postponed indefinitely. Instead of the luxury villas and gourmet meals for which festival attendees paid thousands of dollars, they received prepackaged sandwiches and FEMA tents as their accommodation.
As a result, the organizers are 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. In March 2018, Billy McFarland pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud to defraud investors and a second count to defraud a ticket vendor. On October 11, 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to forfeit US $26 million.
Netflix even made a documentary film titled FYRE on The Greatest Party That Never Happened directed by Chris Smith.
A website named www.fyrefestival.asia has recently surfaced claiming to have revived the FYRE Festival and making it a reality. A South East Asian organiser made up of a few companies has organised a new ‘Fyre Festival Asia’ on a secluded island called Pulau Tinggi located at the Southern Coast of Malaysia this year with tickets ranging US$899 to US$118,990 for the entire Maldivia Villa. The Villa is claimed to be the most premium lodging available, located on prime grounds in the resort. The website even states that due to limited housing available, the villa is expected to sell out soon!
However, there is a catch to this successor failed event as party goers will surely be ‘disappointed’ as the site is a marketing campaign organised by some local companies there as an April Fool troll. Click on RESERVE TICKETS tab, and you will see the following: