2017’s Fyre Festival was an utterly glorious disaster - hilarious unless you were actually there. Now it’s headed to TV
Remember Fyre Festival, that complete mess of a luxury music festival that ended up being described on Twitter as a “rich people gulag”?
You, know, the luxury festival in the Caribbean which was meant to offer Ja Rule, supermodels, paradise and Blink-182 but wound up with reports of wild pigs and an iconic photo of a cheese sandwich.
The one that led to a $100m lawsuit and entrepreneur and festival co-founder Billy McFarland pleading guilty to two charges of fraud. Ring any bells?
Well, we’ve got two bits of news for you.
First, it happened less than a year ago – I know, we can’t get our heads around it either.
Secondly, there’s going to be a new docuseries about the sorry mess. Not a fictionalised account of it, as presented in a speedily-written movie script from Jordan VanDina, but a proper, detailed look at what went wrong and how.
According to The A.V. Club, the currently-untitled docuseries from Billboard, Mic and The Cinemart has been picked up by video-on-demand service Hulu.
Billboard describes the project as providing “a 360-degree, behind-the-scenes view of what happened before, during and after the failed festival, including in-depth interviews from inside sources, as well as hours of exclusive never-before-seen footage, leaked documents, emails and recordings”.
Despite promises of luxury at the festival, which some guests paid $12,000 to attend, it ended up anything but, to the point where some people were allegedly trapped on the Bahamian island of Grand Exuma until the US embassy intervened with emergency flights.
Interviewees for the series are yet to be named, though they will reportedly include industry figures and reporters who covered the festival at the time, as well as festival-goers and local Bahamians affected by the events of April 2017 and the fallout.
It has been described as “A cautionary tale for the millennial generation about the corruptive power of ambition, social media and instant gratification in the digital age”.
It’s going to be hilarious isn’t it?