It was supposed to be the most glamorous music festival ever organised.
Advertised by A-listers including Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, tickets cost as much as £75,000.
Held on a deserted island in the Bahamas, Fyre Festival was supposed to be "the best in food, art, music and adventure".
Festival goers were promised luxury accommodation, gourmet food and the ultime music line-up including Blink 182, Migos and Major Lazer.
But the reality was very different.
Instead of luxury, guests were forced to sleep on rain-soaked mattresses, the gourmet food was in fact sandwiches made from cheese slices and luggage was hurled into an unlit car park.
Since the debacle in 2017, organiser Billy McFarland has been sentenced to six years in prison for multiple counts of fraud.
A new Netflix documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, released today, lists the lid on what really happened.
Billed as the ultimate millennial experience, people battling for tickets were promised they would be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.
But in reality, those who managed to bag a ticket for the hottest party in town said most people were as ordinary as they were.
And it wasn’t just festival goers who lost out – people on the island had pulled out all the stops to make sure it was a success.
But with the whole thing being put together in just six to eight weeks, the signs it wasn’t going to be success it promised were there from the start.
And when party goers started to descend on the island, the whole thing fell into chaos.
After being promised a private jet and luxury limos to take them to the venue, people were in fcat transported to the island on a charter flight and picked up at the airport by bus.
And when they arrived it was described as "like something out of The Hunger Games".
Seth, who writes on Twitter as William Needham Finley IV, said: "Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. No organisation. No one knows where to go.
"There are no villas, just a disaster tent city."
Furniture bought to transform the tents into a luxury experience turned out to be flatpack and was lying around the site, waiting to be built.
Luggage dumped in the car park couldn’t be reunited with owners and even the bars and the food stalls hadn’t been set up.
It has been reported people started looting the boxes of food and drink – and then even the piles of luggage.
But then things got even worse.
Organisers sent an email saying the festival was cancelled and everyone would have to be flown off the island.
Seth told the BBC: "There’s so much more to the story than rich kids of Instagram meets Lord of the Flies."
Workers on the island also weren’t paid for the time.
And the island locals also massively lost out with one restaurant owner stumping up £38,500 of her life savings to cater for the festival.
Chris Smith, who directed the Netflix documentary, told the BBC: "She put up her savings to try and live up to the obligations she had made to them.
"In the end, when things fell apart and everyone just left, she was left having to deal with this."
Prosecutors called McFarland "the consummate con artist" in a sentencing memorandum according to the NYC Times.
"He betrayed and deceived his investors, customers, and employees while he was living the high life at his luxury apartment, traveling to exclusive locales, staying at luxury hotels, being chauffeured in his Maserati, and entertaining himself and his friends at restaurants, bars, and casinos," they added.
McFarland begged U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald for leniency and said "I’m sorry" several times during his sentencing hearing.
He claimed he had faced violence in prison and said: "The best way to be sorry is through my future actions."
Victims of McFarland’s multiple scams gave their stories including Joe Nemeth who invested in McFarland’s schemes including Fyre Festival, a luxury benefits club called Magnises, and ticket scheme NYC VIP Access.
Nemeth said McFarland had “financially ruined my and my wife’s life" and the couple, both in their late 50s, will now be unable to retire.
He continued: “It took me 20 years of saving my lunch money to save $180,000.
“I hope the justice system has the last laugh at Mr McFarland."
- Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is released on Netflix today.
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