Fyre Festival: NOT The Best Festival of All Time
    • MONDAY, MAY 01, 2017

    • Posted by: Katie Pedernera

    Let's set the scene. You are doing pretty well financially (okay, really well) and want to go to a summer festival this year. You didn't want to get tickets for Coachella this year because the stressful thought of all that dust and portable potties for peasants made you clench your chest. There hasn't been a festival that offered major bands, luxury, and style all in one... That was until Fyre Festival came around. Major Lazer, Disclosure, and Skepta looked rather appealing to you. So why not go? Tickets only cost between $4,000 to $12,000. It seems totally worth it...

    Unfortunately though, it's not. The festival, which takes place in the Bahamas, fell off the wayside when upsetting (but kind of funny) information came to light - pictures of disastrous organizations, overcrowded airports, cancelled bands, no running water for festival goers, and a piece of bread with cheese for lunch were all posted on social media. The descriptions circling around the festival sound like the beginnings of a dystopian novel. It seems surreal because it is just that bad. And comical. We, along with the rest of the world, are wondering if this is even real or not.

    So where does this festival even go from here? A statement was released on the festival's Twitter expressing their apologies and that they plan to come back and execute the event next year...But was this burn too hot? We are going to go with yes.

    Ja Rule, what happened? You put your heart and soul into this project, what made it fall so drastically? He is a poor victim in this situation but we can't help but feel frustrated with his disorganization. No matter how big the festival is, the attendees should always come first. Safety is most important, and that includes basic needs like running water. No one wants to be stuck on an island (unless they're sunbathing while people fan them with giant leaves and feed them grapes, but I don't think this was happening at Fyre).

    To even compare this to a major music festival like Coachella is comical. Coachella is the prime example of putting the people's interest first. When a fan pays good money, the results should be mutual. The festival is stacked with music entertainment that is fully equipped and properly managed for starters. Staff is prepared for emergencies and has first aid in multiple locations. And most importantly, the festival makes sure the consumer is happy by providing a fun environment. Ja Rule's vision of luxury sounds great, but don't make promises you can't keep. Especially when you're taking thousands of dollars from people (and then making them file for a refund?!).

    Yeah... Ya'll are probably not getting that refund. We're glad the Bahamas banned this ish.

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