Monday 24 July 2017

Once bitten, twice shy? Not Fyre Festival goers - 81pc want to attend 2018 event

Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkoski, Bella Hadid and other supermodels promoting Fyre Festival
Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkoski, Bella Hadid and other supermodels promoting Fyre Festival
Models promoting Fyre Festival and inset, the "luxury cabanas" festival goers were promised
Bella Hadid promoting Fyre Festival
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

You might assume that festival goers who were left stranded on an island by the organisers of the cancelled Fyre Festival would want to get their refunds and run.

You'd be wrong.

According to a member of the festival's management team, most of them have expressed interest in returning for next year's event rather than get their refund.

Festival co-founder Billy McFarland last week insisted that he, and fellow co-founder Ja Rule, intend to go ahead with the event next year.

Forms for refunds have been sent to every guest, but they have all been offered VIP passes for next year in lieu of cash.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the management team member said, "Once the refund application process is complete, we will start sharing news on plans for Fyre Festival 2018.

"Currently 81% of guests who have filled out the refund application have said they would like to attend Fyre Festival 2018. We are so thankful for their support and excitement as we strive to make this right."

That's a mighty high figure considering the chaos guests were met with on arrival on Grand Exuma in the Bahamas.

The "private villas" were disaster relief tents used by the United Nations and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), most performers had cancelled, and the US Embassy in the Bahamas had to intervene to get some American guests back home.

Billed as a luxury event, and promoted by celebs including Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, the reality was anything but.

One guest is suing the organisers for $100m while, according to The Hollywood Reporter, three more are also now suing for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud.

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