A lawsuit seeking an astonishing AUD $132 million has been filed against the organisers of the ill-fated Fyre Festival, because instant social media infamy doesn’t seem like enough to compensate for the historic clusterfuck.
The potential class action suit could attract as many as 150 plaintiffs, who will allege the Bahamanian luxury festival failed to deliver on any of the claims organisers made, and that the fest put punters in legitimately dicey circumstances.
— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017
Litigants are expected to claim that Fyre Festival was woefully unprepared for the arrival of its guests, with flimsy tents in place of the advertised luxury accomodation, inadequate food and water provisions, and nearly non-existent medical care.
— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
The festival’s lacklustre state isn’t the only reason for the suit, either: getting off the Grand Exuma island was also an apparent nightmare. The filing claims “attendees began attempting to leave the island en masse, but found themselves trapped,” and that the cash-less nature of the festival limited the use of local taxi and bus services.
Mark Geragos, a high-profile lawyer who has previously represented Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder, is handling the suit. In it, he wrote “the panicked situation among attendees… was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.”
Made it back safe and sound to Austin from Fyre Festival and all the adrenaline has worn off. Thank you friends for the texts and calls. Everything you’ve read is true and I was on the first flight out at 530am to the island and witnessed the debacle from start to finish. We made the most of a crazy situation and met some awesome folks in the midst of chaos. Needless to say, I’m hanging up my festival shoes for a bit… #fyrefraud #fyrefestival
Variety reports that the festival, organised by Ja Rule and young entrepreneur Billy McFarland, was so stunningly mismanaged that they probably don’t have the cash to pay out any successful suit. As such, the legal action also mentions Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid, who’ve copped serious shit for advertising the festival before it crashed and burned.
Pals, this one could be big.