Fyre Festival hit with $100 million lawsuit, offering option for VIP passes to next year’s fest instead of refunds
The disaster that was the Bahamas' Fyre Festival -- the luxury festival that fell into chaos before it even began and left attendees stuck on the island in less-than-luxurious conditions -- remained a hot topic all weekend. On Sunday (4/30), festival co-presenter Ja Rule took to twitter to let people know that "all guest are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund.":
#FyreFestival is a dream & vision we poured our hearts & souls into creating, 2017 fell dramatically short of even modest expectations. We're heartbroken that we let down all the guests who put their faith in us. To our guests and staff—thank you again for your all patience as we navigate our next steps. We owe you an apology. Guests have been sent a form that will provide the necessary information to apply for a refund.
Fyre Festival's other co-organizer, Billy McFarland, spoke to Rolling Stone, saying "We thought we were making timeframes that were correct. We were a little naïve in thinking for the first time we could do this ourselves. Next year, we will definitely start earlier. The reality is, we weren’t experienced enough to keep up." As for the "next year" part, McFarland says they're playing a make-up Fyre Fest for in 2018 and are offering this year's ticket buyers the option of VIP passes for next year in lieu of actual refunds. From NY Times reporter Joe Coscarelli:
Next year seems like a big IF, no? Meanwhile, Variety reports that Fyre has been hit with a lawsuit in California on Sunday. Celeb lawyer Mark Geragos filed on behalf of plaintiff Daniel Jung, who seeks $5 million in damages for "alleged fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and negligent misrepresentation." More from Variety:
The suit anticipates a class of “more than 150 “plaintiffs for whom it seeks a minimum of $100 million. Geragos will be busy over the upcoming week seeking out other litigants to join the suit, which alleges that 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.”
The suit claims as its causes of action: fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and negligent misrepresentation and seeks a minimum of $100 million in damages. It is believed a crowd of approximately 6,000 attendees was expected to attend the festival, though it is unclear how many tickets were actually sold.
The festival cost anywhere from $1000 to $125,000 to attend and was originally supposed feature performances by Blink 182, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, Disclosure, and more.
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