| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

The Failure of Fyre Festival

[MUSIC] *Knocks the Camera* Hi there. You’re probably wondering how I got this tan. Well, let me tell you the story. It begins with a man by the name of Billy McFarland. Billy was a good boy. At 22, he had dreams of becoming a super wealthy entrepreneur. Dropping out of college to start a business called “Magnises.” Over the years, he managed to network with some powerful people. One of them was Ja Rule. Translated from German, I believe that means, “yes rule.” Over drinks he pitched an idea. Here’s an accurate recreation of that event. [in squeaky voice] Mr Rule! He said, [in squeaky voice] I have a brilliant idea! [random Ja Rule gibberish] Precisely, great minds think alike. It will be 2 weeks of absolute luxury in the Bahamas. I… [kiss] M-Mr. Rule! Promotion began in late 2016. Fyre promised… BEACHES, LADIES, GOURMET FOOD, LUXURY VILLAS, Hosted on a private island in the Bahamas called, “Fyre Cay,” Once owned by Pablo Escobar, V.I.P. tickets up to $250,000, Swimming pigs, Blink 182, Major Laser, A steel drum (woah!) WELCOME to “Fyre Festival!” The best two damn weeks of your life. I bought my ticket immediately. The day arrives. About 5,000 people are making their way directly from Miami airport, and there are HUGE delays to get to Fyre Cay. Although, I shouldn’t say “Fyre Cay”… BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EXIST. In the marketing, they referenced this island, which is actually “Norman’s Cay”, run by George Jung, not Pablo, by the way. But that does not matter because we are not going there either, we’re going to Great Exuma. Private island? Forget that! Population: 7,000. In fact, we’re basically in the parking lot of a Sandals™ resort. In the end, only about 500 of us made it to the island. The remaining customer’s flights are CANCELED. You’re about to see why. We’re hauled onto a school bus and taken to the site. And grab a lot with a bunch of FEMA™ tents. Remember those promises of luxurious villas? Pranked ya! Enjoy your stay. And don’t forget your complentary cup of UNICEF rice. Once there, no one knows whose tent belongs to whom. So, staff try getting everyone into a line. Then they abandoned that idea and tell everyone that it’s a Free-For-All. [VAPORWAVE] Expecting a party, this guy took all of his drugs on the flight over. He’s the only one having fun. [partying guy] F**k it. let’s party, man [partying guy] We’re here to party! Everyone else is grumpy because it’s been FIVE hours, and there’s no food. In lieu of food, staff decides to start handing out tons of free tequila. This only exacerbates problems. Once the food does arrive, it’s just as delectable as promised though. Gourmet craft single there. A few hours later, bags arrive on a shipping container. It was getting dark, and there was NO LIGHTING. Plenty of people had their luggage stolen. But don’t worry, if you had any valuables, the festival advertised TOP-NOTCH security. Here it is. But no one told guests that they had to provide their own lock. There were rumors of muggings by the locals. [woman] I heard rumors of feral dogs. A tent supposedly caught fire? The closest beach has a rampant shark problem. Staff don’t have any uniforms or walkie-talkies, so no one knows who’s in charge, and the people who are in charge can’t talk to each other. Here’s the bathroom. Many staff quit after only a couple of hours. For the few customers who were willing to just make the most of it and enjoy the music, they had some bad news too. ALL of the major musical acts pulled out. In fact, Major Lazer wasn’t even confirmed to go in the first place. The event was promoted as cashless, so all people had were these useless Disney-bucks™ on their Fyre-bands™. Which meant that they couldn’t buy anything or catch a cab if they were stranded. And even with only 500 people, there are too few tents… And beds. So everyone is just stealing each others… And for any of you thinking you can just escape to the Sandals™, bad luck. It’s peak session and they are absolutely full. People are reaching out to the embassy for help. After a few hours, most people chose to go back to the airport. And the rest were forced back home when the Bahaman Government stepped in. The Festival… was closed. [This time NOT due to AIDS] But the exodus from the island made it’s own problems; Guests spent hours dehydrated and hungover in a hot building… Why staff locked the door isn’t entirely known. But one girl fainted until they were finally reopened, Everyone gets home and that was the end of it. Except for uhhhh….me I was ummm.. *Smack lips* Uhh, Rescuing someone, helping them out… And I got lost in the woods. 🙁 ANYWAY! Back at home, the shitstorm on social media was just ramping up: the reddit /r/Fyre Festival was created and it started documenting everything that went wrong at the event. People were circulating a fake tweet by Ja that the whole thing was a “Social experiment”. Some wholesome festival memes there. [Dat ballpit though] And it quickly turned into a marketing case study of what NOT to do. In response: Fyre started serving cease and desist letters to stop people from saying mean things about them. Mr. Rule released an official statement online both apologizing and saying that it’s not his fault. Interestingly he wasn’t even on the island at that time, he was giving a concert in Chicago. Although, to their credit, they offered everyone a full refund [ Aww 🙂 ] You could always “let it ride!” and opt in for tickets to 2018s Fyre Festival! [Oh… :I ] [News lady]: And VIP ticket to next years Fyre Festival. *laughter* *laughter*
[man]: Really? *laughter* Meanwhile, Billy is on full damage control, he claims that a storm came in the night before and changed ALL of the marketing into lies. [Billy McFarland]: We got to a point that we were very excited about, on Wednesday night… with how the two sides looked And we got hit by a big storm. But the apologies weren’t enough, a few days later, and the first lawsuit was served. *SMACK* “Attorney Ben Meiselas doesn’t think it’s funny, he’s filed a 100 million dollar class action lawsuit against the organizers!” Then another suit, then 7 more. Then the feds got involved, Calming Billy had commuted “Wire Fraud”: Serious charges with serious prison time. More on that later. “But First!” Right now let’s go into the history of Fyre Festival! The marketing was clever, To get the word out, they got in touch with about 400 “influencers” Instagram celebrities. And they offered them V.I.P tickets or cash to promote the event, They even managed to get Kendall Jenner to post about it! Rumor has it that she was payed a quarter of a million dollars for this post. The marketing worked though, the festival sold out! So how did it go so wrong? Let’s start with the money, during the planing process, a consultant came in and said the festival would cost- 50 million dollars, and require another year of organisation. [Random censored man]: They should’ve-They should’ve planned this two whole years out! This is after they made all the promises. And they had nothing NEAR that amount, So they started cutting expenses WAY back. Remember those Luxury Villas? They were going to cost 10 million dollars alone, *Kaboom* so they scrapped them. Now everyone gets a tent. *Ding* Deposits for the bands? nope. Food? Infrastructure? Staff? ALL were cut back. but. You may ask How did they have so little cash if they sold out? It’s the price, it was WAY. TOO. LOW. Now wait a minute. Up to $250,000 a ticket is- TOO LOW? In fact on social media, people were so merciless and unsympathetic towards the guests because they thought it was a bunch of rich kids paying for tickets with a starting price of $12,000! And you can thank fake news for that assumption, you see that number repeated everywhere. But actually, very few were paying even close to that amount. The standard price was around $1,200. Which, if you think about two weeks in the Bahamas with practically all your expenses taken care of… T H A T ‘ S P R E T T Y B L O O D Y G O O D! In fact, some tickets were as low as $500. [Victim of the Tragedy]: “6 months ago, got together and got the early bird special for about 500 bucks and this covered food, transportation, ticket, and somewhere to sleep.” How on EARTH were they gonna break even with that?! They weren’t. And on the flip-side, there’s no proof whatsoever that anyone purchased a $250,000 ticket. So basically They’re stuffed. Billy has to start taking touch short-term loans just to keep afloat. Which, by the way, is why they did the Fyre-bands, it was to raise cash. It’s reported that up to $2,000,000 in Frye Bucks in game currency was spent in the lead up to the event. But this wasn’t even close to enough. Practically broke and with the event only a few weeks away, The more experienced staff suggested postponing. But, thanks to those short-term loans, he couldn’t So he insisted on going forward. Though, staff tried to control the damage by telling celebrities and public figures NOT to go. [Photo guy] “How was the Fyre Festival?” *Laughter* So, Billy and Ja are in some serious trouble But, let’s please… have ONE failed festival, that has a sequel. Well… Billy is out on $300,000 bail, his assets were frozen as at May 18th, he dropped his expensive attorneys, he’s selling his property in New York, he tried to sell Magnises for 150 grand; but it was cancelled due for being fraudulent. Massively in debt and with no hope of paying it back, Fyre went into involuntary bankruptcy. And that, is the end of Fyre Festival I’ll keep you posted about whether Billy is going to jail. So long Fyre Festival, you were… too beautiful for this world. And as for me? Well… It’s time to go home…



Sep 9, 2019, 5:12 am Reply

Special Guest : The Ball Pit from Dashcon

Mr Gunslinger

Sep 9, 2019, 2:24 pm Reply

If anyone is curious: " On October 11, 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in federal prison. McFarland is currently incarcerated at FCI Otisville, in Orange County, New York."

Johnny Two Hands

Sep 9, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

This generation of young people are going to be the stupidest most gullible bunch of suckers ever born because of this "influencer" bullshit. Companies are making you their bitch because of your infatuation with these influencer jagoffs. Your generations obsession with them is kinda pathetic. lol Im only in my mid 30's and I remember back in my day we fing hated corporations and didnt give a rats ass about some spoiled chicks putting on make up or talking about being rich. Jeez the human species is so fd. Now bow your heads and pretend to be serious.

voldemort humperdink

Sep 9, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

This video is still better than the the fuckjerry documentary

Marjorie Davis

Sep 9, 2019, 8:08 pm Reply

6 years in prison for wire fraud and $26 million dollars in restitution…Billy is no longer the goodest boi.


Sep 9, 2019, 8:22 pm Reply

Good bye patron names :,(

Daniel McGillis

Sep 9, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

In the Netfix documentary they referenced that a former Navy SEAL was one of the staff members. He noted that this was a "Elephant of a cluster fuck". My guess is he stuck around just for laughs. He likely never had so much fun in his life as just being around this event.


Sep 9, 2019, 12:29 am Reply

I usually watch these once and then every time I replay them in the background. Like the 5th time for this one. But I just noticed the edit at 1:20 to have people diving into a ballpit ocean LUL.
Anyone who paid for the $250,000 tickets gets another hour in the ball pit!

Mikhail Angel

Sep 9, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

oh no…….


Sep 9, 2019, 2:49 am Reply

Where is Ja Rule?!?!

Private voidkeeper

Sep 9, 2019, 2:58 am Reply

5:20 well at least the ball pit from the Tumblr con was there!


Sep 9, 2019, 3:43 am Reply

Hey what happened to the credits and "my heart will go on"?

Al Person

Sep 9, 2019, 5:46 am Reply

Lol, idiots

Henry Crick

Sep 9, 2019, 7:23 pm Reply

1:43 is that internet historian then?

Sebkar Pawłow

Sep 9, 2019, 7:42 pm Reply

I can't belive INTERNET HISTORIAN is fucking DEAD!


Sep 9, 2019, 9:51 pm Reply

Holy fuck its like Lord of the Flies

Youri Khan

Sep 9, 2019, 6:27 am Reply

Yeah … a college drop-out with no planning or organization skills? Color me surprised.

Nicholas Mann

Sep 9, 2019, 9:46 am Reply

I still can't believe Netflix didn't have you on their documentary

Willy Tsung

Sep 9, 2019, 10:42 am Reply

Who starts selling tickets withoutg etting quotes, or, ACTUALLY PLAN?


Sep 9, 2019, 10:46 am Reply

"Likewordowaduhawudyutheeewudyuwoo." – Ja "The" Rule


Sep 9, 2019, 11:55 am Reply

Name of the song at 7:06 ?


Sep 9, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

There was a really good 'American Greed' episode on this


Sep 9, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

Luxury in the Bahamas



Sep 9, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

he he more like FYRE fraud amiright???…….. guys?

z z

Sep 9, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

This story brought to you by cocaine. Lots and lots of cocaine.

aiden r

Oct 10, 2019, 2:02 am Reply

more like dumpster fyre

Bryce Tomecek

Oct 10, 2019, 2:37 am Reply

Billy is a cunt.


Oct 10, 2019, 1:05 pm Reply

legend has it hes still stuck on the island

Hosa Toatamab

Oct 10, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

6:05 God's Plan God's plan.

Luqman Hakim

Oct 10, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

5:37 "Where is Ja?! Get a hold of this motherfucker so I can make sense of this!" – the attendants probably

amy bastian

Oct 10, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

This is fkin hilarious ! A bunch of loser wanna bees lose money because they wanted to be near Luciferian tranny Kardashians & Victoria Secret models . The secret is half of them are men . Like Giselle and his wife Tom Brady . lol

Solid Fox

Oct 10, 2019, 12:32 am Reply

Wait a minute. I could've sworn that this video was a bit longer. Enough to show Patreon names. Was that part removed by copyright claim? .-.

Akdi Muchtar

Oct 10, 2019, 1:18 am Reply



Oct 10, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

Honestly I don't feel too bad about a bunch of rich dumbasses getting ripped off and being miserable for a week.

Lewiss Stevens

Oct 10, 2019, 3:16 am Reply

So this mug scams some kids for a few grand each and gets 6 years. He should've become a banker. You can lose billions, bring the economy to its knees and you get a retention bonus.


Oct 10, 2019, 1:34 pm Reply

lol of course they had a ball pit

Raoul Duke

Oct 10, 2019, 6:46 pm Reply

What am I… what am I looking at here?


Oct 10, 2019, 9:48 pm Reply


polonosuchus silesiacus

Oct 10, 2019, 6:49 pm Reply

0:45 my mind automatically replaced it with drunk demo noises


Oct 10, 2019, 7:45 pm Reply

Frye Festival: Battle Royale

Pre order now to unlock ja rule as a playable character and 500 frye bucks

The 27 Club

Oct 10, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

Billy is currently incarcerated in FCI Otisville. He's serving a sentence of 6 years on charges of Mail and Wire fraud. He pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and admitted to showing fake documents to investors to get the interested. On June 12th 2018, he was also charged with selling fake tickets to the Met Gala, Burning Man, and Coachella while he was out on bail. On October 11th of that year, he was served his sentence and placed in Otisville. He currently owes $26 million in restitution.

Sydney P

Oct 10, 2019, 9:06 am Reply

This is absolutely my nightmare. No food no water no shelter no flights no luggage!!!! Ahhhhhhhh

developed clit

Oct 10, 2019, 1:42 pm Reply

somebody please find JaRule so I can make some sense out of this!

Rúben Campos

Oct 10, 2019, 10:46 am Reply

There's a mistake in the subtitles, it should be "paid" not "payed" 07:04.

Bruce Wayne

Oct 10, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

Stupid fucking Americunt millenials getting robbed blind and stranded on an island. There's nothing more enjoyable than that.
What a bunch of morons.

sam tournesol

Oct 10, 2019, 11:17 pm Reply

reminds me of tanacon

Roble Viejo

Oct 10, 2019, 3:24 am Reply

Fuck humans, fuck money, but please above all FUCK HUMANS WITH TOO MUCH MONEY

Kroto the Sun Bro

Oct 10, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

Never heard of a millionaire going broke in under a year

Ches Beta

Oct 10, 2019, 7:18 am Reply

Oh, I watched a documentary about this on Netflix. I'm curious as to what you have to say. :O


Oct 10, 2019, 1:26 pm Reply

With all these failed Festivals and Conventions I was thinking maybe Amazon could do an Amazon Festival

They have:

Brand Power and likeability
I bet they would know how to do one properly.

Just saying Amazon you could call it

Amazon Flea Market.


Oct 10, 2019, 5:56 pm Reply

RIP My Heart Will Go On end song

Matt Milliken

Oct 10, 2019, 11:43 pm Reply

Fyre bucks in game currency ???


Oct 10, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

6:36 *Fyre fraud

Phillip Edwards

Oct 10, 2019, 1:01 am Reply

New subscriber I'm glad I discovered this. Another example why mainstream media underserved by a great talent like yourself. Great entertainment

john fares

Oct 10, 2019, 3:03 pm Reply

Anyone else finding the 'skip ad' button not working???


Oct 10, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

Wait $1200 for 2 weeks is an insanely good deal.. too good to be true.

Mario Marlboro

Oct 10, 2019, 1:36 am Reply

dude im on my 3rd rewatch (of every last one of them) shit like "exactly, great minds think alike" and " remember those promises of luxurious villas, pranked ya" fucking genius. best for edits and jokes. you're just fucking youtube royalty.


Oct 10, 2019, 11:35 am Reply

Would love to see a sequel where Brit'ney is charged with retrieving the deck, as it was her failure that got lost. Maybe her and a wizard who was supposed to be guarding it in the first place.

WPM Virgo

Oct 10, 2019, 11:17 pm Reply

Billy McFarlane and Ja rule may be the greatest comedy duo of all time


Oct 10, 2019, 2:03 am Reply

Dead Isand in real life


Oct 10, 2019, 5:41 am Reply

For millennials it is the greatest festival ever by far. Seriously.

Christian Kneupper

Oct 10, 2019, 5:37 pm Reply

Lol this dude is gettin raped by bubba for wire fraud

hellhound l

Oct 10, 2019, 12:52 pm Reply

Well did he?


Oct 10, 2019, 1:25 am Reply

I recognize the last musical piece in the video but painfully cannot remember where it's from. Someone help me out? inb4 DaRude – Sandstorm

A Koopa Troopa currently working for bowser.

Oct 10, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

Wow… this sounds like a chaotic dumpster fire… I WANT TO GO!

A Koopa Troopa currently working for bowser.

Oct 10, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

“Fyre bucks”
“Match, Campfire, House Fire, Vietnam special, Trust fund”

Grey Bayles

Oct 10, 2019, 6:59 am Reply

8:57 i am monke

Jalon Fonseca

Oct 10, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

Lack of operational planning. Nice work

Jack Woods

Oct 10, 2019, 1:48 am Reply

You could say it was a GarbageFyre

Derkka Sijad Habbib

Oct 10, 2019, 3:07 am Reply

why do i watch this vid evry couple of months

stevie price

Oct 10, 2019, 3:42 am Reply

Ahahaha stupid frat boy hipster cunts. Eat shit chads and Stacey’s

Aquamelon 008

Oct 10, 2019, 4:19 am Reply

I watched like a three hour documentary about this on Netflix, sure it was pretty good, then I watched this like 10 minute video and got just as much information

Not Muselk

Oct 10, 2019, 12:04 pm Reply


Wilczur 111

Oct 10, 2019, 8:22 pm Reply

How does any of those "authors" of those articles sleep at night?! I know I can be naive, but man

Count Cocofang

Oct 10, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

That celeb chick breaking down laughing when asked about the Fyre Festival gotta be one of the most hilarious and simultaneously outrageous thing I have seen.

Been looking for the video and there appears to be some disagreement on who that actually is though.


Oct 10, 2019, 10:37 pm Reply

TL;DR of the letter
"The organizers of Fyre Festival are a bunch of dirty lyin' ass bitches but don't worry ya boy the Prime Minister Perry G. Christie gotcha covered"


Oct 10, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

Ja Rule wants to run his own music festival.
We're getting a fyre festival 2 lads

Radu Coroi

Oct 10, 2019, 2:04 pm Reply

This is TOO fucking good dude! Aaaahahaha


Oct 10, 2019, 9:32 pm Reply

oh my god, this is such a fucking disaster.

My heart is a fedpost

Oct 10, 2019, 2:10 am Reply

He showed a Rust clip. Enardo's dad confirmed

Ricky Hadou

Oct 10, 2019, 9:59 pm Reply

What’s the song at 2:43????


Oct 10, 2019, 6:53 pm Reply

yes rule


Oct 10, 2019, 10:06 pm Reply

More like Gayre


Oct 10, 2019, 11:12 pm Reply

Very clever use of the dead pilot in Cast Away. Had me laughing pretty hard.

Сука Блять

Oct 10, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

that eating guy makes me uncomfortable


Oct 10, 2019, 10:51 pm Reply

5:20 The Infamous Dashcon Ballpit


Oct 10, 2019, 2:30 pm Reply

I'm glad your video view counts and sub count have greatly multiplied since the days when I first subscreebed

Piggy Reet

Oct 10, 2019, 12:11 am Reply

If you guys ever grabbed me like that I definitely would of fought back that shits not cool and it’s ultimately fucked up idc how tired you are that’s not an excuse


Oct 10, 2019, 7:24 am Reply

5:22 How did you get those? I'd like to look at how event organizers talked about this

Phil Ingrouille

Oct 10, 2019, 11:12 am Reply

Even if I was convinced that this was affordable and I'd only paid $500 to go to this festival, something would've been really fishy about this whole thing. $500 for 2 weeks in the bahamas, in a luxury villa, with gourmet food and music acts like Blink 182; not that believable, even for $500

Police ??‍♀️

Oct 10, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

5:21 is that-

*the* ball pit

Lady of Darkness

Oct 10, 2019, 8:45 pm Reply

lol the dude that "took all the drugs on the plane" is awesomely hilarious ???

Thomas Alsop

Oct 10, 2019, 7:54 am Reply

Can't believe Netflix stole your video and uploaded it as their own


Oct 10, 2019, 10:48 am Reply

i cant believe this content is absolutely free you must be robbing me in some way

The Muffin

Oct 10, 2019, 4:59 pm Reply

In the video you mentioned how only 500 of us made it, all the others were cancelled, I didn’t hear you mention it later, why did the flights get cancelled

Ander Alex

Oct 10, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

This is by far the best content creator on YT

Douglas Butcher

Oct 10, 2019, 4:51 am Reply

Like Ja Rule, you know I'm on fire.
No water, no food, my tent is subpar.
On a beach owned by Pablo Escobar.

Douglas Butcher

Oct 10, 2019, 4:54 am Reply

2:37 At least you got to see Nugent.


Oct 10, 2019, 9:19 am Reply


Miguel Sanchez

Oct 10, 2019, 1:34 pm Reply

If you look closely, you will find most of the staff is working now for Bethesda

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