(Sputnik) – The Fyre Festival, the schadenfreude event of the season, has developed into a $100 million class-action lawsuit against the organizers, after attendees of the “luxury” music festival, who paid thousands of dollars to end up living in refugee tents, have claimed that the promoters intentionally deceived and defrauded them.
Where to even begin with Fyre Festival? The event was billed as an unforgettable beach party and music festival for the wealthy elite. It would take place on a private island in the Bahamas and feature “the best in food, art, music and adventure” according to the official promo video. Keep that in mind.
Tickets, which went from $450 to a stunning $250,000, sold like hotcakes as the result of a well-organized advertising campaign. “Defendants invested enormous amounts of time and money in promoting and advertising their festival domestically and internationally,” the filing reads.
#FyreFestival is a dream & vision we poured our hearts & souls into creating, 2017 fell dramatically short of even modest expectations
— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 30, 2017
But the tickets were nonrefundable, and many decided to attend despite the rumors of disaster. At least the accommodations would be good, right? Right?
— Trevor DeHaas (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
— Lamaan (@LamaanElGallal) April 28, 2017
It got worse. Luggage vanished into the ether, and soon so did the medical staff — just as people began to faint from dehydration. Instead of a music festival, attendees got to enjoy sitting in total darkness in a strange country as night fell.
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 30, 2017