CMU School of Drama

Monday, May 01, 2017

Fyre Festival Turns Out To Be Half-Built Scene Of Chaos

The Two-Way : NPR: Perhaps you're a person who buys festival wear but finds Coachella too plebian. Perhaps you find other music festivals off-putting because you can't bring your own yacht. Or maybe you just think it sounds awesome to hang out on an island in the Bahamas and you have a few thousand dollars to blow.

In that case the Fyre Festival was supposed to be the event – nay, cultural moment! – for you.


Claire Krueger said...

I’ve never been a festival person, never have never will. Too many sweaty people and sunshine for my taste. So Fyre fest can be mine as well as the organisers own personal hell. The sass of the author elevates this crash and burn to a whole new level, “but there was to be no dancing on the beach”. The absolute disaster the money pit developed into becomes almost comedic. The last line of the article, “don’t go it’s a scam” brought a different train of thought. That is usually a sign of an irritated customer, the same way a crabby suburban mother yells at the bagger in the grocery store. My first interpretation being that the customer was upset at getting ripped off. But what if it was a scam from the start, an easy get rich quick scheme, and maybe, just maybe, someone is in a foreign country rolling in cash.

Madeleine Wester said...

Let me start off by saying that the Fyre Festival situation reminds me A LOT of that one Spongebob episode where Spongebob gets tricked into going to a foreign island where he ends up just being harassed by a guy trying to sell time-shares. With that in my head, this whole article was pretty hilarious. It's comedic that the infrastructure wasn't even built, and that people spent so much money on this festival! I understand paying to go to Burning Man or Outside Lands or something, but paying THOUSANDS for a weekend festival?? The people who got ripped off also are probably millionaires anyway, so who cares if they're down 12,000? Anyways, it's always unfortunate when venues can't deliver what they've promised, and this situation proves the importance of budgeting and scheduling everything as well as possible. Perhaps this festival can get itself together and do an actual festival next year? Who cares?