Four out of Five Fyre Festival Attendees Say They’d Go Again (!)
An interesting Fyre Festival fact has emerged, even as both class-action breach-of-contract and fraud lawsuits against the event's founders loom: Four out of five of attendees seeking refunds are interested in returning in 2018.
Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, the founders of the poorly planned destination festival in the Bahamas, have been accused of knowingly subjecting attendees to dangerous conditions and tricking people into attending by paying 400 social media influencers and celebrities to promote it. That arrangement was not disclosed at the time.
The entire festival was canceled after its disastrous first day. A statement on event website said, "Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can."
A lawsuit contends that conditions quickly worsened: "The festival's lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees — suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions — that was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella."
Nonetheless, a management team member tells Rolling Stone that “81 percent of guests who have filled out the refund application have said they would like to attend Fyre Festival 2018. We are so thankful for their support and excitement as we strive to make this right."
Still in damage-control mode, Fyre organizers reportedly sent a cease-and-desist order to at least one attendee over negative tweets.
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