Remind us never to go to a music festival organized by Ja Rule.
Tickets to the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas ranged from $4,000 to $12,000, and included a chartered flight from Miami plus private villas to sleep in. And it has descended into a Lord of the Flies-like disaster as revelers arrived to scenes of utter chaos.
The Blink 182-headlined festival was organized by the rapper, and hyped by "influencers" including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. But when people got to the site they found "disaster-relief-like tents, aggressive security, garbage-strewn grounds and scant electricity and water," the New York Post reports.
Consequence of Sounds says catered meals were "nothing more than a slice of bread and cheese with a salad garnish for good measure," and as night fell there were no festival staff or security to be found, with "luggage thrown out of the back of a truck to an awaiting mob." Look at this tweet:
There were even (unconfirmed) reports on Reddit of feral dogs near the site – a far cry from the perks of massages, sunrise yoga and guided meditation promised to ticket holders.
And now people are stuck
Blink 182 announced on Thursday once the conditions became apparent that they would not be performing, and the whole festival has been canceled, leaving ticket holders stranded for hours on the island chain.
Some managed to get onto a plane headed back to the U.S. on Thursday night, only to be kicked off after five hours on the tarmac, with this tweeter saying they have since been locked in the airport in fairly shoddy conditions.
CNN reports that all inbound charter flights to the island have been canceled and tickets refunded.
"Thank you for bearing with us as we work through the growing pains that every first year event experiences," organizers told the TV station.
Ja Rule is getting destroyed
Ja Rule is taking quite a hammering on Twitter, though there are also plenty of tweeters laughing at the expense of the revelers who could afford to fork out up to $12,000 for a music festival.