Fyre Festival Organizers Blew All Their Money Months Early on Models, Planes, and Yachts

The remote island festival in the Bahamas was shut down because it lacked some fundamental necessities—like toilets and showers.

Gabrielle Bluestone

One month before thousands of well-heeled millennials were set to descend on a remote island in the Bahamas for the Fyre Festival to frolic on yachts, rub elbows with models, and hear acts like Blink 182 and Major Lazer, the organizers had a big problem.

They were running low on cash and the festival lacked fundamental necessities—toilets and showers, for example—and they were running out of time. One supplier told VICE News that when they were contacted by the festival in April, they told the organizers that all the money in the world wouldn't get trailers for toilets and showers past customs in time because that takes weeks to process. The festival was scheduled over two weekends in late April and early May.

"There was no infrastructure to even support the equipment. They didn't even have a loading dock, they had no understanding of what vehicles were on the island to even move the stuff off the ship once it got there," said the supplier. "They said stuff like, 'Don't worry about customs; it's only for a weekend, you don't have to worry about customs."

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