Last week I recommended Birdbox, and still do if you haven’t seen it. This week, something a little different. I stumbled upon this on Monday night, and was totally hooked. It’s a documentary called Fyre, The Greatest Party That Never Happened.
Fyre Festival was a music festival scheduled to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017. Organized by Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland as a luxury music festival to promote the Fyre music booking app, the event was promoted on Instagram by “social media influencers” (which I didn’t even know was a thing) including socialite and model Kendall Jenner, model Bella Hadid, model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, and other media personalities, many of whom did not initially disclose they had been paid to do so. During the Fyre Festival’s inaugural weekend, the event experienced problems related to security, food, accommodations and artist relations. Eventually, the festival was indefinitely postponed after some attendees had arrived, finding tents and prepackaged sandwiches, instead of the luxury villas and gourmet meals they had been promised when they paid thousands of dollars for admission. It’s a story of how NOT to organize a festival. Some people didn’t get paid, some went to jail, and careers were ruined. It’s a fascinating watch. What it was supposed to be and promised to people is below. Unfortunately that was not the case.