Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury two-weekend music festival held on a private island in the Exumas, organized by Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland. Tickets ranged from $1,000 to $12,000, and promised plush accommodation, fine food, and headliners like Blink-182, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, Major Lazer, and Skepta. Early Friday morning, however, social media was flooded showcasing the reality attendees faced: disaster relief tents for camping instead of promised "cabanas," ham and cheese sandwiches on what looks like whole wheat Wonderbread, half-finished facilities, and packs of stray dogs.
According to an attendee who spoke with The FADER, Fyre Festival's community soon turned on itself. She reported that security guards were blocking transportation in and out of the grounds, and that food and mattresses were stolen. Guests attempting to leave the island found their flights grounded, and as accusations of a scam grew and grew, the festival was officially postponed Friday morning.
The disparity between the promise of a exclusive vacation that will fill Instagram followers with envy, and what Fyre Festival's wealthy patrons actually received, is hilarious when you're far away and scrolling through Twitter in a comfy bed. As the debacle unfolded, Twitter did a good job skewering Fyre Fest's mess. Check out our selection below.