Guests paid thousands of dollars to attend the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, but the pricey "luxury" party turned into a disaster on April 27 (video below).
Partygoers paid up to $250,000 for VIP packages only to find themselves stranded in disaster relief tents with no food, reports RT.
The two-weekend event was the brainchild of entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, and was promoted by models Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
But like Jenner's recent Pepsi ad, the party pooped out fast.
The Fyre Festival website reportedly said that guests would be flown "on a custom, VIP configured Boeing 737 aircraft" to enjoy a "cultural moment created from a blend of music, art and food," and would be housed in "modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes."
The Wall Street Journal reported on April 2 that the "organizers missed a series of deadlines to make advance payments to performers."
The report proved to be a harbinger of the future disaster that guests tweeted about on April 27:
[U.S. Embassy Nassau] my phone dying Please send help 2 festival grounds Its chaos, tents are on fire, people fighting for food.
So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go. There are no villas, just a disaster tent city.
Stuck at #fyrefestival trying to leave for the last 8 hours. barley any food or water or security or electricity.
[Fyre Fraud] Here's the dinner they fed us tonight. Literally slices of bread, cheese, and salad with no dressing. #fyrefraud #fyrefestival #dumpsterfyre.
This is how Fyre Fest handles luggage. Just drop it out of a shipping container. At night. With no lights. #fyrefestival.
Band Blink-182 canceled its appearance at the Fyre Festival: "We’re not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give our fans."
Fyre Festival organizers tried to spin the disaster on Instagram on the morning of April 27 by assuring everyone that "things got off to an unexpected start at day one of Fyre Festival," and added that they were "working to comfortably accommodate guests and deliver a great experience."
Later in the day, the Fyre Festival team threw in the towel with a statement on its website:
Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can.
We ask that guests currently on-island do not make their own arrangements to get to the airport as we are coordinating those plans. We are working to place everyone on complimentary charters back to Miami today; this process has commenced and the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority.
The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high- quality experience we envisioned.
We ask for everyone's patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we work as quickly and safely as we can to remedy this unforeseeable situation. We will continue to provide regular updates via email to our guests and via our official social media channels as they become available.