FBI launch investigation into Fyre Festival

The company behind Fyre Festival is under investigation by the FBI, the New York Times reports.

According to the New York Times, the United States attorney's office for the Southern District of New York and the FBI are investigating, with a laundry list of aggrieved customers, debtors, musicians and businesses who are very likely eager to testify against McFarland and Ja Rule.

New York Times also reported on this fraud, which ended up with thousands of people going to Exumas, Bahamas who were extremely dissatisfied with the quality of accommodation, which led to the festival being canceled in the end. "I'm struggling", she told the New York Times.

Well into March, the event's website - which briefly vanished because its designer had not been paid - claimed it would take place on Fyre Cay, a private island that once belonged to the drug lord Pablo Escobar. At one point, he texted friends and contacts letting them know that Ja Rule would name-drop them in a song for a fee.

Yet, speaking on May 2 with unnerved employees at his TriBeCa office - with its $30,000 sound system and frequent fashion-model visitors - Mr. McFarland deflected blame and vowed that Fyre would survive to mount another festival next year.

His failed event was sold on social media by the likes of Kendall Jenner as an ultraluxurious musical getaway in the Bahamas. Blink-182, Major Lazer, Migos, Tyga, and Disclosure were among the artists scheduled to perform, according to the festival's promotions.

Tickets started at $1,200, but reports have said some attendees paid close to or over $100,000 for the weekend.

  • Zachary Reyes