Fyre Festival Leaked Emails Prove Planning Problems From the Start
The Fyre Festival is the gift that keeps on giving headaches. After being canceled in April, facing several lawsuits and being exposed for embarrassing gift packages involving co-organizer Ja Rule, the festival had initial plans to cut corners on basic accommodations and amenities like bathrooms.
As confirmed by Mic, several emails were circulated expressing trepidation going into the planned festival weekend. A mid-level employee notified co-founder Billy McFarland and Fyre Media president Conall Arora that costs for an appropriate amount of toilets and showers for the anticipated 2,500 people would cost $400,000. But since Starr Catering Group had already pulled out of participating at the festival, an assistant replied that "No one is eating so therefore no ones pooping."
On a separate email chain, executive producer of the festival Lyly Villanueva, suggested 125 portable stalls for the concert-goers. Arora then replied, "If we cut it in half, we would just have double the line wait?"
For housing, senior consultant Marc Weinstein recommended cutting 130 members of Fyre's staff from the first weekend of the festival. They would have also moved 46 media influencers from the first weekend to the second. The luxury villas as advertised on the site for premier attendees were also yet to be found on the island.
It's one thing if the festival organizers were clueless on the shaky grounds the festival stood on but it appears that all of the flaws were out in the open and blatantly covered up with quick, temporary and arguably demeaning solutions.
Ja Rule and Billy McFarland were set on creating a high-end experience for festival enthusiasts with Fyre Festival. But since the fiasco in April, they have been busy trying to cover their bases with angry customers and much more. Unfortunately for those looking to contact the Fyre Festival, its website is no longer accessible.
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