The Failure of Fyre Festival

[MUSIC] *Knocks the Camera* Hi there. You’re probably wondering how I got this tan. Well, let me tell you the story. It begins with a man by the name of Billy McFarland. Billy was a good boy. At 22, he had dreams of becoming a super wealthy entrepreneur. Dropping out of college to start a business called “Magnises.” Over the years, he managed to network with some powerful people. One of them was Ja Rule. Translated from German, I believe that means, “yes rule.” Over drinks he pitched an idea. Here’s an accurate recreation of that event. [in squeaky voice] Mr Rule! He said, [in squeaky voice] I have a brilliant idea! [random Ja Rule gibberish] Precisely, great minds think alike. It will be 2 weeks of absolute luxury in the Bahamas. I… [kiss] M-Mr. Rule! Promotion began in late 2016. Fyre promised… BEACHES, LADIES, GOURMET FOOD, LUXURY VILLAS, Hosted on a private island in the Bahamas called, “Fyre Cay,” Once owned by Pablo Escobar, V.I.P. tickets up to $250,000, Swimming pigs, Blink 182, Major Laser, A steel drum (woah!) WELCOME to “Fyre Festival!” The best two damn weeks of your life. I bought my ticket immediately. The day arrives. About 5,000 people are making their way directly from Miami airport, and there are HUGE delays to get to Fyre Cay. Although, I shouldn’t say “Fyre Cay”… BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EXIST. In the marketing, they referenced this island, which is actually “Norman’s Cay”, run by George Jung, not Pablo, by the way. But that does not matter because we are not going there either, we’re going to Great Exuma. Private island? Forget that! Population: 7,000. In fact, we’re basically in the parking lot of a Sandals™ resort. In the end, only about 500 of us made it to the island. The remaining customer’s flights are CANCELED. You’re about to see why. We’re hauled onto a school bus and taken to the site. And grab a lot with a bunch of FEMA™ tents. Remember those promises of luxurious villas? Pranked ya! Enjoy your stay. And don’t forget your complentary cup of UNICEF rice. Once there, no one knows whose tent belongs to whom. So, staff try getting everyone into a line. Then they abandoned that idea and tell everyone that it’s a Free-For-All. [VAPORWAVE] Expecting a party, this guy took all of his drugs on the flight over. He’s the only one having fun. [partying guy] F**k it. let’s party, man [partying guy] We’re here to party! Everyone else is grumpy because it’s been FIVE hours, and there’s no food. In lieu of food, staff decides to start handing out tons of free tequila. This only exacerbates problems. Once the food does arrive, it’s just as delectable as promised though. Gourmet craft single there. A few hours later, bags arrive on a shipping container. It was getting dark, and there was NO LIGHTING. Plenty of people had their luggage stolen. But don’t worry, if you had any valuables, the festival advertised TOP-NOTCH security. Here it is. But no one told guests that they had to provide their own lock. There were rumors of muggings by the locals. [woman] I heard rumors of feral dogs. A tent supposedly caught fire? The closest beach has a rampant shark problem. Staff don’t have any uniforms or walkie-talkies, so no one knows who’s in charge, and the people who are in charge can’t talk to each other. Here’s the bathroom. Many staff quit after only a couple of hours. For the few customers who were willing to just make the most of it and enjoy the music, they had some bad news too. ALL of the major musical acts pulled out. In fact, Major Lazer wasn’t even confirmed to go in the first place. The event was promoted as cashless, so all people had were these useless Disney-bucks™ on their Fyre-bands™. Which meant that they couldn’t buy anything or catch a cab if they were stranded. And even with only 500 people, there are too few tents… And beds. So everyone is just stealing each others… And for any of you thinking you can just escape to the Sandals™, bad luck. It’s peak session and they are absolutely full. People are reaching out to the embassy for help. After a few hours, most people chose to go back to the airport. And the rest were forced back home when the Bahaman Government stepped in. The Festival… was closed. [This time NOT due to AIDS] But the exodus from the island made it’s own problems; Guests spent hours dehydrated and hungover in a hot building… Why staff locked the door isn’t entirely known. But one girl fainted until they were finally reopened, Everyone gets home and that was the end of it. Except for uhhhh….me I was ummm.. *Smack lips* Uhh, Rescuing someone, helping them out… And I got lost in the woods. 🙁 ANYWAY! Back at home, the shitstorm on social media was just ramping up: the reddit /r/Fyre Festival was created and it started documenting everything that went wrong at the event. People were circulating a fake tweet by Ja that the whole thing was a “Social experiment”. Some wholesome festival memes there. [Dat ballpit though] And it quickly turned into a marketing case study of what NOT to do. In response: Fyre started serving cease and desist letters to stop people from saying mean things about them. Mr. Rule released an official statement online both apologizing and saying that it’s not his fault. Interestingly he wasn’t even on the island at that time, he was giving a concert in Chicago. Although, to their credit, they offered everyone a full refund [ Aww 🙂 ] You could always “let it ride!” and opt in for tickets to 2018s Fyre Festival! [Oh… :I ] [News lady]: And VIP ticket to next years Fyre Festival. *laughter* *laughter*
[man]: Really? *laughter* Meanwhile, Billy is on full damage control, he claims that a storm came in the night before and changed ALL of the marketing into lies. [Billy McFarland]: We got to a point that we were very excited about, on Wednesday night… with how the two sides looked And we got hit by a big storm. But the apologies weren’t enough, a few days later, and the first lawsuit was served. *SMACK* “Attorney Ben Meiselas doesn’t think it’s funny, he’s filed a 100 million dollar class action lawsuit against the organizers!” Then another suit, then 7 more. Then the feds got involved, Calming Billy had commuted “Wire Fraud”: Serious charges with serious prison time. More on that later. “But First!” Right now let’s go into the history of Fyre Festival! The marketing was clever, To get the word out, they got in touch with about 400 “influencers” Instagram celebrities. And they offered them V.I.P tickets or cash to promote the event, They even managed to get Kendall Jenner to post about it! Rumor has it that she was payed a quarter of a million dollars for this post. The marketing worked though, the festival sold out! So how did it go so wrong? Let’s start with the money, during the planing process, a consultant came in and said the festival would cost- 50 million dollars, and require another year of organisation. [Random censored man]: They should’ve-They should’ve planned this two whole years out! This is after they made all the promises. And they had nothing NEAR that amount, So they started cutting expenses WAY back. Remember those Luxury Villas? They were going to cost 10 million dollars alone, *Kaboom* so they scrapped them. Now everyone gets a tent. *Ding* Deposits for the bands? nope. Food? Infrastructure? Staff? ALL were cut back. but. You may ask How did they have so little cash if they sold out? It’s the price, it was WAY. TOO. LOW. Now wait a minute. Up to $250,000 a ticket is- TOO LOW? In fact on social media, people were so merciless and unsympathetic towards the guests because they thought it was a bunch of rich kids paying for tickets with a starting price of $12,000! And you can thank fake news for that assumption, you see that number repeated everywhere. But actually, very few were paying even close to that amount. The standard price was around $1,200. Which, if you think about two weeks in the Bahamas with practically all your expenses taken care of… T H A T ‘ S P R E T T Y B L O O D Y G O O D! In fact, some tickets were as low as $500. [Victim of the Tragedy]: “6 months ago, got together and got the early bird special for about 500 bucks and this covered food, transportation, ticket, and somewhere to sleep.” How on EARTH were they gonna break even with that?! They weren’t. And on the flip-side, there’s no proof whatsoever that anyone purchased a $250,000 ticket. So basically They’re stuffed. Billy has to start taking touch short-term loans just to keep afloat. Which, by the way, is why they did the Fyre-bands, it was to raise cash. It’s reported that up to $2,000,000 in Frye Bucks in game currency was spent in the lead up to the event. But this wasn’t even close to enough. Practically broke and with the event only a few weeks away, The more experienced staff suggested postponing. But, thanks to those short-term loans, he couldn’t So he insisted on going forward. Though, staff tried to control the damage by telling celebrities and public figures NOT to go. [Photo guy] “How was the Fyre Festival?” *Laughter* So, Billy and Ja are in some serious trouble But, let’s please… have ONE failed festival, that has a sequel. Well… Billy is out on $300,000 bail, his assets were frozen as at May 18th, he dropped his expensive attorneys, he’s selling his property in New York, he tried to sell Magnises for 150 grand; but it was cancelled due for being fraudulent. Massively in debt and with no hope of paying it back, Fyre went into involuntary bankruptcy. And that, is the end of Fyre Festival I’ll keep you posted about whether Billy is going to jail. So long Fyre Festival, you were… too beautiful for this world. And as for me? Well… It’s time to go home…


  • Lmfao this is the Netflix doc ?

  • 8:32 All of my favorite things (gotta have that Blamco Mac and Cheese)

  • After pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud in March 2018, Billy was sentenced to six years in federal prison.

  • LMAO

  • Nobody thought to even look for this place on a map?

  • i just want to know what they were thinking setting something up like this

  • Fucking Kardashian whores…. They knew something was wrong while sucking on black dick but a gold digger doesn't care who pays for their surgeries. Idoits lost 500 or more on shit.

  • All I've learned is how easy it is to take advantage of a normie

  • The Simpsons predicted this, again, in Kamp Krusty.


  • "at 22 he had dreams of becoming super wealthy"

    So he was basically every other idiot millennial whose only goal in life is to become rich and famous but have no actual talents ideas or skills that will help them become famous and then when the real world kicks their teeth in they turn around and whine about it.

  • 3:03

  • I still don’t know how anyone in their right mind would think that a festival of this size would be ready to go in less than a year

  • The original agreement with the owners of Norman's Cay was that the marketing for the festival make NO mention of the island's past ties with the cartel.
    Advert: OnCe OwNeD bY pAbLo EsCoBaR!!


  • You gotta do a very detailed video after they try to rush the gates at Area 51

  • You and Sam O' Nella academy need to collab.

  • I want to hang at 'Big D's Conch Spot' at 2:03

  • Don't worry IH, we all know you had this story before netflix.

  • This is how school should be taught

  • Not sure how accurate the wiki entry is for Norman's Cay, but according to the page, the Fyre Festival was originally supposed to be hosted on it under the condition that no reference was to be made concerning its past history with Pablo Escobar. Here's a snippet from that wiki entry:

    "In 2017, Billy McFarland arranged to lease the island from its owners to hold the Fyre Festival, on the strict condition that no reference be made to the Pablo Escobar connection. Promotional footage for the festival was shot on Norman's Cay, and planning for the festival went ahead. In early 2017, the video was released on social media, which advertised the island as "once owned by Pablo Escobar". The owners immediately canceled the arrangement."

  • What about the "go give that customs guy a blowjob in exchange for water" situation? You missed that. Because that was a thing apparently.

  • 9:40 That isn't Kendall Jenner, it's one of the models hired to do the initial marketing video that stated this whole catastrophe rolling.

  • We live in a world where Kendal Jenner is paid to # something. That is enough for me to shit someone else's pants. Thats when I am so mind blown I dont even shit my own turds into my own pants. I repopulate my turds into someone else's body and they shit my turds into their pants.

  • Brb, gotta purchase the Vietnam special.

  • Wait so did internet historian actually go?

  • so… the Woodstock of the Contrary World?

  • These idiots.

  • So it was dashcon for rich people

  • 3:02 Mark Wiens lol my favourite YouTube food vlogger!!!

  • well be cheapskate need brains so your bpoof won't drain

  • Kendal Jenner laughing about fyre festival when she was paid 250,000 to promote it. What a scum bag.

  • Ganglion cyst

  • I died at 3:32.

  • This guy must be Todd Howard's son the man who hosted the event

  • i know someone that went and someone pooped in his shoes

  • 4:32 "[this is not due to aids]"
    Thanks for the information subtitles

  • "island on by pablo escorbar"

    People of my generation: HMMMMMMHHHMMMMM

  • You can tell any story and make it interesting

  • mark weins lmao

  • If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Even the ball pit was ready to party

  • Hello Internet Historian. This was the first video of your channel i saw. Aftet this i saw almost all og the videos. You are amazing.

  • 6:10 love or hate billE

    he spittin mad fax

  • Did internet historian actually go we don’t know what he actually looks like so we’ll never know.

  • This sounds like the RUST experience

  • No sympathy for people who get fooled by "influencers". Im glad it happened

  • Imagine this guy Talking about the Hindenburg accident just like this lol

  • hey i was born in april 28 hell yeah i was born the same time fyre festival started get rekt normies ia m the absolute fyre festival

  • LOL this channel.

  • Fire festival:
    The gulag experience with a tropical twist

  • If you search Billy McFarland in wikipedia today he appears as: "convicted conman"


  • 2:39 XD

  • Were the faces always blured?

  • I was expecting more raft eating sharks at the end…

  • Look at all these social media normies getting rekt ???

  • I remember them saying "Billy McFarland is in jail, or on another island, or driving in one direction." This is the real "Where's Wally!"

  • Please let this be the beginning of the end for Influencer type BS

  • God I love watching rich people (billy) crash and burn

  • 6:57 , probably the cost for one days worth of food for her

  • Honestly this wouldve been a great idea

  • 2:40 Man… I wish I was as happy as that guy.

  • DumpsterFyre Festival.

  • God bless drug guy

  • Does this remind anyone else of exurb1a or vice versa.

  • Pause at 4:35 with captions…


  • This is why people shouldn't listen to influencers. They are worthless individuals who contribute nothing – just walking billboards

  • honestly I'd love to go to this just to fuck around

  • The patreon names aren't chaotic enough.

  • Fyre+Rainfurrest+Dashcon= Tana Con

  • Should've just paid with the Fyre Bucks duh

  • Was that track towards the end "The Sinking of The Titanic" by Gavin Bryars?

  • Did our boy get laid over there?

  • You got meme review and you got this which is meme study

  • Ja rule likes things in the butt

  • This looks like every field exercise in the army. I’m not joking.

  • Was there even a storm in the days before?

  • Why are yanks so easily conned and why does America have so many conmen?

  • Did you make Blink 182 blink 182 times?

  • Ja Rule's career will never be the same ever again lmfao.

  • Why did they close the doors in the airport

  • Pablo fucking Escobar coulda run a better festival than these Nob jockeys

  • This is how white supremacist nazism begins. Run while you can.

  • What the hell? This actually happened?

  • Hailie, what do you want to be when you grow up, baby?
    I dont know, but I dont want to grow up like Ja Rules little dirty-ass kids…

  • 2:18 I love that cry of “Oh noooo”. The perfect mixture of despair and incredulity.

  • So apparently the celebrities who advertised the festival are getting sued, including Kendall Jenner. Hopefully the Historian covers this.

  • I bet 50 cent made fun of ja rule for this

  • The first real battle royale…

  • Now imagine them in those fema tents and Dorian just hammering on them.

  • I’m still wondering if Internet Historian got his luggage stolen

    Also how is he stranded if the population is 7000 or am I missing something

  • Not only is he in jail he isn't even in minimum security prison he is in medium security

  • So weird. I've never heard of this.

  • They made a math game based on this no lie

  • Ok so I looked at the documentary and exactly WHAT did they work on? All they had was some wet tents and a half done stage. They made a nice promotional video and that was it! No money was really spent on food, no money on accomodations or amenities. They said that they got all these laborers but what did they labor on? There was nothing there. Basically it was a fraud. They had no contracts to pay people, no budget, no payroll, nothing. So I'm guessing they just pocketed the money.

  • 1,200 for 2 weeks in the Bahamas? I spent more than that for 3 days in the Safari Tents at Coachella in 2018, that sounds like a sweet deal.

  • Well.. i guess that is the other ending of dropped out of college story. You know, other than the succesful one.

  • Ah yes. Good ol' Fyre Festival. Do I have a tale for you!

    I paid for my ticket (the $500 one) I should've known better because it was just too good to be true.

    The original plan for me and my two buddies was to travel together, however one of those buddies was one of those fortunate souls who's flight was canceled. To this day he has no idea how blessed he really is.

    We board the flight to Fyre and after an eight and a half hour flight we finally landed and were ready to hit the beaches. We hitched a ride with one of two schoolbuses headed for the "resort". We knew we were in for a hell of a time when we saw rows upon rows of FEMA tents and no visible staff in sight. There were actually two guys who smuggled drugs to the party, one of them was caught passing them around to the disappointed guests, he was hauled off by what looked like his travel mates, but later discovered that they were security. After a day of disappointment (the tequila ran out before it reached us) we were ready to hit the sack… except for one problem. Which tent was ours? During the free for all we managed to snatch a tent and floor it, thankfully nobody tried to take it, but there was another problem. Even on the most hellish of trips one needs sleep to keep their strength up, this is impossible because there was a fight in the tent next to us which was about an hour of scuffling, swearing and arguing. A couple times they fell over and caved in on our tent. There was actually a second tent that caught fire, it was an attempt by the guests to hotbox it using some drugs they had obtained from our drug-passing friend. I thought about escaping to the airport but there was a problem, all I had was $20 in US currency plus my useless Fyreband (which I didn't even end up using), so there went that idea. Finally, about 12 hours later our luggage arrives. A fifteen second scuffle ensued between my buddy and another guest because it turns out their bags looked exactly alike. Thankfully the fight was broken up.

    One necessity that every vacation needs is a bathroom. Well, it turns out that it was in even worse condition than in the photo by the third and fourth days of the shitshow (pun intended). The toilet paper had run out (yes, they didn't have extra on supply even though Fyre was supposed to be huge). Someone got bored and shat on the floor for the laughs, it didn't get cleaned up, the joint stank for days on end. By this time we're at our wits end, we had called the embassy who thankfully responded and got us out of there. The food on the airplane was the best I had tasted in days.

  • Dashcon 2

  • If you think that by paying 500 dollars you're gonna have a luxury travel to Bahamas, that's just natural selection at that point

  • That Ja Rule; social experiment is hilarious

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