Billy McFarland, the organiser of the spectacular trainwreck that was Fyre Festival, was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for fraud. “Let’s just do it and be legends, man,” a marketing executive for the festival reportedly said as the event’s imminent catastrophe became increasingly evident. His reported divination came true, man, but not for the glory they had apparently hoped for.
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The Fyre Festival gave us an incredible opportunity to watch rich people who paid as much as $US400,000 ($514,546) for an exclusive concert melt down on social media when they were greeted with cheese sandwiches and no plumbing. Now, the festival's founder has pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud, with each count carrying a maximum 20-year prison sentence
"Let's just do it and be legends, man," a marketing exec for the doomed Fyre Festival reportedly said when it became clear the event was going to be a disaster. And now the lead organiser of that legendarily terrible music festival might be a legend in the clink. Billy McFarland has been charged with wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison.
On Monday, Daniel Jung, an attendee of the luxury-weekend-turned-Hunger Games train wreck that was the Fyre Festival, launched a $US100 million ($133 million) class action suit against the owners, saying they knowingly charged attendees thousands of dollars to be "stranded on a remote island" with "little more than bread and a slice of cheese". The class action suit names Fyre Media and co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule as defendants, suing them for fraud, misrepresentative advertising and breach of contract.
The distance between expectation and reality makes fools of us all, but it made the well-heeled attendees of an exclusive music festival in the Bahamas look particularly moronic late last week and into the weekend. For tickets that ranged between US$450 and US$1200, the young and rich signed up for passage to the doomed Fyre Festival, hyped for months by millennial supermodels and influencers on social media along with co-founders tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper turned aspiring mojito mogul Ja Rule.