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Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland To Put On Another Festival

25 October 2022 | 12:45 pm | Mary Varvaris

Uhhhh, what?

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

Billy McFarland, the founder of the shitshow that was Fyre Fest, is supposedly organising a new project.

He posted a since-deleted TikTok video yesterday where he admitted to the shortcomings of the 2017 event before claiming to have another project in the works to make up for Fyre Fest. McFarland revealed that the next update about his next event will come in November, and "everybody is invited." He later posted a YouTube video that implies that a treasure hunt is coming.

According to a source at TMZ, McFarland is apparently creating another music festival, among other things.

Billy McFarland was released from prison early this March after four out of six sentenced years. He pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud in 2018.

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The Bahamas-based "luxury" event, where punters paid as much as $12,000 for tickets, was scheduled to go down across two weekends in April and May in 2017 with headliners blink-182, Lil Yachty and more.

However, it was cancelled shortly after kicking off as the set-up had not been completed.

McFarland was accused of presenting investors with fake documents that convinced some to contribute more than US$1 million.

McFarland also reportedly budgeted for a $US160,000 yacht for blink-182 (who eventually pulled out of the gig due to concerns about the festival) but did not budget for the festival punters. 

The event organisers thought providing punters with cold cheese sandwiches and partially-constructed tents would be okay.

Fyre Festival producer Andy King gave a keynote at BIGSOUND 2019, discussing the failed event, becoming a meme overnight thanks to the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and more with The Music in the lead-up to the event. You can read the full interview here