Today’s blog post is written by Jordan Simmons, Senior Account Executive, PatronManager.
By now, I think most people who are inclined to watch one (or both) of the competing documentaries on the doomed Fyre Festival on Netflix and Hulu have done so, but spoiler alert: Things do not end well for the festival planners, attendees, contract workers, or Fyre employees — really, anyone involved in the whole thing from top to bottom.
The Fyre Festival, for anyone still mercifully in the dark, was an ill-conceived music festival originally planned to take place on a private island — formerly owned by Pablo Escobar — in the Bahamas. Organizers leveraged social media and “influencers” to create huge buzz for the event, which was skillfully marketed as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn your actual life into a supermodel’s Instagram feed — to hang out on the beach with celebrities and listen to cool music while imbibing and feasting before bunking down for the night in a private beachfront villa. Private planes would ferry you to and from Miami, and although you would pay a lot for the experience, you would get to live the life of an oligarch, if only for a long weekend.
I probably don’t have to tell you that this all went comically, catastrophically, criminally wrong, and that all the attendees found when they arrived was a half-finished concrete spit of land on a decidedly occupied island. The “villas” were actually FEMA tents with rain-soaked mattresses, and the gourmet catering was a couple of cheese slices on top of wheat bread. There was plenty of booze to be had, which unsurprisingly did not help ameliorate the “Lord of the Flies” atmosphere one attendee described once night fell.
There’s an element of eye-rolling schadenfreude, of course — it’s hard to feel too sorry for people who can afford to drop a minimum of several thousand dollars to attend a music festival in the Bahamas — but I would encourage anyone involved in selling tickets to check out at least one of the documentaries, as there are many lessons to be learned from the debacle.Read the Article