He promised refunds and free tickets to next year's event. - From ABC News
The co-founder of Fyre Festival-- what was promoted as a once-in-a-lifetime musical event until organizers were forced to postpone it -- spoke out in an interview with ABC News, saying, "We took a big jump here, and a big risk, and V1 has failed." The co-founder blames inclement weather for the festival's failure, but promises refunds and free tickets to next year's event for those who spent up to thousands of dollars on ticket packages to the festival in the Bahamas.
"We had this mega-thing on our hands and we never thought it would take the life that it did, so we went out to build what we now know is almost creating a city out of nothing," Billy McFarland, who co-founded Fyre Festival with rapper Ja Rule, told ABC News.
"We had to install our own sewage and water.
We bought an ambulance in New Jersey and drove it down to Florida then took it over in a boat to get here." McFarland said they then launched a website and marketing campaign, "and all of a sudden we had thousands of people signing up to come," adding that it soon became "this incredible logistics challenge." The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism said in a statement that they were "extremely disappointed," about how the events unfolded "with the Fyre Festival," and added that visitors "were met with total disorganization and chaos." This sums up Fyre Festival.
I feel so sorry and badly because this is something I couldn't stand by." "How we're solving this is first of all guests have been taken home safely on planes, next everybody is being refunded for their ticket purchase, and everybody is getting a comp ticket to Fyre Fest 2018, which is taking place in May on a beach location in the United States."