Billy McFarland, one of the organizers behind the disastrous Fyre Festival, was arrested on a fraud charge on Friday. He was released on a $300,000 bail on Saturday.
McFarland was charged with wire fraud after investigators alleged that he provided false documents and information about his company’s financial status. ABC News also reported that his arrest was also for the failed Fyre Festival.
The Fyre Festival was one of the most talked about events of April but not because it went well but because it was a complete disaster. The music festival was quickly canceled after a numbers of problems began being reported by fans. The event saw many of its artists cancel their appearances right before it began. Fans were also disappointed by the luxury accommodations that were promised for the event. Those who went to the island complained about the tents and the food. One picture posted on social media by someone who attended the event showed that the food was two slices of bread, a slice of cheese and a salad. The event promised gourmet food but organizers have responded by saying the sandwich seen in the photo was actually meant for the staff.
Multiple Lawsuits and Ban
After the cancellation, multiple lawsuits were filed against the organizers. The event was promoted by some of the most popular models in the world. The millions spent on promoting the event reportedly led to a funding crisis. Rapper Ja Rule, who is also one of the Fyre Festival organizers, apologized for the chaos shortly after the event was canceled.
Organizers have already mentioned another festival for next year but the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has reportedly banned the organizers from doing more events there. The Ministry said after the cancellation that local officials were extremely disappointed. They have also made it clear that they were not sponsoring the event, which was supposed to take place over two weekends. McFarland faces up to 20 years in prison but was freed on bail on Saturday.