It was touted as one of the most luxurious music festivals that ever was. 2017’s Fyre Festival in the Bahamas was promoted by huge names like Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Baldwin and cost a minimum of $12,000 for a ticket. As guests arrived on the island, the accommodation was disaster relief tents and there was no food, water or music. It was an unmitigated disaster and resulted in eight lawsuits and organise Billy McFarland serving eight years in prison for fraud.
Now, Netflix will stream a documentary tomorrow titled Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.
It’s pretty full on though as you will see when one of the producer recounts his experience with McFarland. “We had four containers filled, four 18-wheeler trucks filled with Evian water,” King says. “But I had left the week before for two days to go to meetings in Bermuda for the America’s Cup and when I came back, I’d missed the big meeting with customs. And of course customs had said to Billy and the gang, ‘You need to pay us $175,000 in cash today for us to release the water.”
McFarland allegedly called King and asked him to “take one for the team”. “He said, ‘Well, you’re our wonderful gay leader and we need you to go down, will you suck d*ck to fix this water problem?’ And I said, ‘Billy, what?’ And he said, ‘Andy, if you will go down and suck Cunningham’s d*ck, who is the head of customs, and get him to clear all of the containers with water, you will save this festival.’”
Yes, you read that correctly. King did though admit to going home, taking a shower, rinsing his mouth with mouth wash and was “fully prepared” to abide by his orders. The Evian representative just released without any favours.
“I was going to do that, honestly, to save the festival,” King says.
But would it have saved it?