Fyre Fest was supposed to be the most luxurious music festival ever — an ultra-exclusive party spanning two weekends on a private island in the Bahamas, with private jet travel built into the extravagant ticket price, where Instagram ingenues, including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, were headed to dance on yachts.
That's not what happened.
The production was "a shit show" from its inception to its spectacular collapse Friday — the exact words separately used by three people who bought tickets, though only two actually made it to the island, Great Exuma, in the Bahamas. Beginning early Thursday, many of the advertised private jets — which turned out to be chartered commercial planes departing from airports like La Guardia and Miami International — failed to take off at all. And those passengers may have been the lucky ones. Festival-goers on the ground found their luxury accommodations replaced with disaster relief-like tents, significantly less amenities than promised, and no clear way to leave.