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Fyre Festival 2.0: Architect behind fraudulent destination concert attempts relaunch after '7-month stint in solitary confinement'
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Fyre Festival 2.0: Architect behind fraudulent destination concert attempts relaunch after '7-month stint in solitary confinement'

The notoriously unexecuted 2017 music festival in the Bahamas, Fyre, is getting a reboot from the same management that pled guilty to numerous fraud charges.

Billy McFarland planned what was poised to be the ultimate destination music festival, with tickets that cost thousands of dollars and promised luxury lodgings and meals. What actually took place was a spectacular failure filled with cheese sandwiches, flooded tents, and more than $26 million in losses when it was canceled, the Guardian reported.

McFarland was jailed in 2018 after he pled guilty to fraud charges relating to the festival, as well as his company NYC VIP Access. The company was charged for selling fake tickets to events such as the Met Gala.

A 2021 lawsuit from 277 attendees ended in a settlement that paid each plaintiff $7,220.

The mind behind the concert asked the public once again to trust his judgment after saying that he planned the next iteration of the festival while in solitary confinement: “It has been the absolute wildest journey to get here, and it really all started during the seven-month stint in solitary confinement," McFarland said in video a posted to his social media.

“I wrote out this 50-page plan of how it would take this overall interest and demand in Fyre, and how it would take my ability to bring people from around the world together to make the impossible happen, how I would find the best partners in the world to allow me to be me while executing Fyre’s vision to the highest level," the entrepreneur detailed.

McFarland explained how he also helped produce the popular Netflix documentary called "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened."

He then noted that his group will "be doing pop-ups and events across the world" while preparing an attempt to bring the festival back to the Caribbean.

In a recent interview with TMZ, McFarland claimed the first batch of tickets had already sold out: "We announced our first pre-sale on Sunday, they sold out very very quickly, and I think this kind of all comes back to since 2016, Fyre has had 32 billion impressions across social media," he also claimed.

"It is just so incredible to finally have the support to make the Fyre dream a reality and to really share it with the world. This proves the point there is no such thing as bad publicity."

A disclaimer on the festival website, which is being branded as "FFII," reportedly stated that "Fyre will host a minimum of four events prior to FFII.”

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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