Whether you listen to rock, hip hop, classical or anything else for that matter, we all love to see our favorite artists live. Individual shows are nice because you get to see a specific artist with some other lesser know acts. But what a lot of people like to do is go to festivals. Fests are great because you get to see a bunch of your favorites for a decent price. By and large they are starting to get bigger and better. One of those festivals that was NOT a hit was Fyre Music Festival.
Fyre was supposed to be one of the biggest and best festivals to ever do it. It never happened. Why? Let me tell you about Billy McFarland. Billy is a 27 year old entrepreneur turned convicted felon. He created a music festival to promote a music booking app. Fyre promised food from the worlds top chefs, housing that you see on tropical getaways, and the top performers from all over the world with performances by Blink-182, Migos, Lil Yachty, Rae Sremmurd and more. All of this was to happen in the Bahamas in April of 2017.
According to his wikipedia page, in March 2018, McFarland pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in Federal Court in Manhattan, New York, and admitted to using fake documents to attract investors to put more than $26 million into his company. He agreed to forfeit over $26 million and is awaiting sentencing on June 21, 2018.
On June 12, 2018, McFarland was charged with selling fraudulent tickets to events such as the Met Gala, Burning Man and Coachella while out on bail. On October 11, 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in federal prison.
Netflix has decided to take this disaster and turn it into a documentary, from footage of people who went their firsthand and the organizers. Set to be released January 18th the documentary is produced by Vice Studios, Library Films, Jerry Media and Matte Projects.
Check out the teaser trailer below!