If you want a lesson in how NOT to run a successful music festival then you are in luck – both Netflix and Hulu have released documentaries about the much-maligned festival failure that was Fyre Festival.
The 2017 luxury festival promised so much but ultimately failed to deliver on all its promises: scantily-clad bikini babes, flown in especially for the event, on a luxurious island getaway in the Bahamas with five-star accommodation, top talent and world-class cuisine.
The poor souls however who poured as much as $3,000 into a VIP ticket soon found themselves in “Lord of the Flies” situation (as quoted by some festival-goers) with no running water, bedding left outside in the elements and, famously, cheese slice sandwiches
It’s truly the thing of nightmares and a lesson in pure greed that is explored in both of the documentaries now available of Netflix (under the moniker of ‘Fyre Festival: the ‘Greatest Party that Never Happened’) and Hulu (‘Fyre Fraud’).
While both highlight the immediate guffaw that played out publicly on social media and explore the legal ramifications for those who put the festival on (organiser Billy McFarland is now sitting in a prison cell, convicted of felony financial fraud) both take view the event through a different lens.
ScreenRant has a great breakdown about each of the documentaries and why you should, in fact, watch both if you want to get as full a picture as possible from both the eyes of the organisers and those so negatively affected by the disaster.