Leaked Fyre Festival Email Shows Organizers Cutting Corners For Bare Necessities
You haven’t forgotten about the sh*t show and legal nightmare that became of Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival, right? Good, because it just keeps getting better (read: much worse). Looks like the organizers were so reckless that they used email to memorialize all of their f*ck ups, and one of them has just leaked.
On April 3rd, with only a few weeks to go until guests were supposed to arrive for the luxurious festival in, the organizers were caught skimping on bare necessities like bathrooms, showers, etc. In fact, lower-staff emailed senior staff about these issues, but the response was a big FU to attendees.
As Spin reports:
Executive producer Lyly Villanueva emailed senior staff (including Fyre founder Billy McFarland) with the subject line “RED FLAG- BATHROOMS/ SHOWER SHIPPING.” Getting the recommended number of toilet and shower trailers to the island of Great Exuma would be expensive, she warned. About 125 toilet stalls—18 to 20 trailers’ worth—would be required to accommodate an estimated 2,500 people. “These were equations given to us by bathroom providers and confirmed via my own research and experience,” Villanueva explained.
“If we cut it in half, we would just have double the line wait?” replied Fyre Media president Conall Arora. “I’m seeing some sites that say we could get away with 75 toilets.” Later he added: “It sounds like we can save a lot of money if we sub in port a potties.”
On April 20, one week ahead of Fyre’s first weekend, consultant Marc Weinstein wrote in an email (“***DO NOT IGNORE*** HOUSING UPDATE & ACTION ITEMS FOR YOU”) that a projected 593 attendees, staff, vendors, and others would lack housing. As a last-minute solution, he suggested renting a cruise ship, dismissing 130 staff members, and bumping some social media influencers and at least “50 lowest paying customers” to the festival’s second weekend.
Fyre Media chief marketing officer Grant Margolin replied that bumped customers would receive an upgrade to villa housing. But there’s no evidence those villas existed: In a separate email on April 22, five days before guests started to arrive, Weinstein recommended that Fyre launch an “outreach campaign” in order to manage influencers’ expectations. “In speaking to even low level influencers, it was clear they expected their own rooms at private villas on the beach,” he wrote. “Of course, these villas don’t exist.”
The housing that did exist apparently had other problems. “We need to make a decision as to the bare necessities that each house needs or decide not to hold ourselves accountable for provisioning,” Weinstein wrote later that same day. “Having seen many of the houses, they don’t have toilet paper, soap, water. Do we want to stock these items for guests?”
As if there weren’t already multiple burning guns for lawsuits, here’s yet another example of the festival organizers shooting themselves in the foot and royally, ROYALLY screwing up. Should be interesting to see how this continues to unravel.