Leaked emails acquired by Mic have revealed that organizers of the now virally infamous Fyre Festival were well aware of the shambolic organization of the event weeks before it began. Fyre’s organizers were so obsessed with becoming “legends” for putting the festival on that they overlooked the severity of the multiple problems surrounding it – such as a complete lack of proper sanitation and supplies.
The email exchanges obtained by Mic are but the latest utterly embarrassing issue the Fyre organizers will have to answer for when they deal with the upcoming influx of court cases heading their way.
More than three weeks before Fyre Festival’s catastrophic unravelling, executives highlighted their concern with the event’s sanitation. An email from April 3 (just three weeks before the festival started) read: “RED FLAG- BATHROOMS/ SHOWER SHIPPING,” which was sent to co-founder Billy McFarland and Fyre Media president Conall Arora – highlighting the extortionate costs of shipping toilets and shows to the Bahamas to accommodate the 2,500 festival attendees (estimated to be at least $400,000).
The response to this really doesn’t read well for Fyre. Lyly Villanueva, who was the executive producer of the festival, made some lighthearted responses to the severity of the issue: “This is a luxury campsite where people will be using this as only source of relief for [five] consecutive days.” She then joked “We have to move quick on this or we are in a shitty place, lol. Sorry.”
Fyre Media president Conall Arora’s response to the sanitation issues was solely focused on the financial implications rather than the attendees’ livelihood, “It sounds like we can save a lot of money if we sub in port a potties,” he said to Villanueva.
Ultimately though, this didn’t seem to be too much of a problem for the organizers, who had previously been alerted to the news that the festival’s catering company, Starr Catering Group, were pulling out of Fyre. This led a member of staff in the same email thread to respond with, “No one is eating so therefore no ones pooping.” People did eventually get some food, in the form of some delectable sliced cheese sandwiches.
The emails also unveil that Fyre Festival believed almost 600 people would be without basic housing. Weinstein offered suggested renting a cruise ship for $530,000 to house up to 225 people. The other 368? Just cut them from the entire first weekend from the festival. “I’d start by cutting your 50 lowest paying customers today,” he said.
Organizers were acutely aware of the fact the festival had no chance of living up to the attendees’ expectations. Weinstein went on to say that “The majority of them are not going to receive what they were promised… In speaking to even low level influencers, it was clear they expected their own rooms at private villas on the beach. Of course, these villas don’t exist.”
McFarland and Ja Rule are facing several lawsuits alleging fraud and breach of contract. One is a $100 million class-action complaint by the entertainment law firm Geragos & Geragos. They could also be in further trouble, with the FBI now reportedly investigating the festival. Furthermore, none of the festival staff are getting paid for their work, which you can read about here.
Reading through the private emails, it’s clear how Fyre Festival became one of the biggest (if not the biggest) festival fiascos of all time. Check out the entire story via Mic here.
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