This Guy Went To Fyre Festival And Had A GREAT Time
If you haven’t heard of the Fyre festival by now, you’ve been living under a rock. The Fyre festival, you know, the luxury getaway on a private island in the Bahamas.
They were promising famous musical acts, lots of partying, and oh, a whole lineup of sexy Instagram models (the most important part obviously.)
While this thing was supposed to be the talk of the town, it ended up being a giant flop, with rich millennials stranded on an island, begging for food and passing out in the airport.
Some people referred to it as, “The Hunger Games” for rich 20-somethings, and photos of tent cities, pathetic looking sandwiches, and empty stages circulated around the internet.
The Fyre festival WAS the talk of the town, but for reasons that no one ever anticipated. The musical acts never showed up, the accommodation was nil, and there were no models to be found. In fact, the whole thing was such a disaster that the people in charge of the festival had to return everyone’s money, get them on immediate flights off the island, and are apparently being sued.
Damn. Someone messed up.
While we all basked in the joy (safely from behind our laptops) that resulted from the misery of these rich, entitled, yet stranded millennials, it seems that not everyone had an awful time.
Actually, my friend Colin, was part of that first round of people to land on the island. And, as I read the horror stories online, I seriously was worrying about his wellbeing. But, as he sent photos of bikini wearing ladies, pigs on a beach, and beautiful blue skies, I realized that maybe things weren’t SO bad.
He started off his vacation by flying to Miami, having drinks and relaxing at his hotel. Not too many though, because he had to get ready for a 5 am flight to the Bahamas. He, like the rest of the Fyre festival goers, were told that there would be a member of the Fyre staff to meet them on the plane and hand out wrist bands and take care of customs.
There wasn’t anyone there. This is when he kind of knew something was up.
After a pretty bumpy landing, a party promoter from Fyre, named Skywalker, met them at the airport. Because it was raining, and the tents were ‘all f*cked up,’ Skywalker took the attendees to a nearby, 5-star resort and told them to get whatever they wanted.
“Sorry that we don’t have your accommodation ready yet. All the food and drinks are on us.”
Colin was tired, and was expecting to have a chance to change his clothes. However, he made the best of it and starting drinking Gin & Tonics, and giant cups of Grey Goose with about 70 other people from the flight. The resort had a pool with a view of the bay and they had access to the full kitchen menu from the hotel.
While he said that everyone seemed slightly skeptical of the situation, they partied on anyway. When the second wave of people arrived, Colin and the original attendees were moved to a party beach.
“I was expecting to get there and take a nap,” said Colin.
But instead, he hung out on a gorgeous beach drinking tequila, wine, and the local beer from the open bar. The alcohol was free and the attendees were all mingling, talking, drinking, and according to Colin, ‘in good spirits.’ He said that people didn’t seem to realize that the event was canceled, and one of the girls from the group pulled out her laptop and started playing music. After partying on the dock, one of the local staff came by and offered free boat trips to the nearby islands.
“It was the tits,” Colin said.
They cruised around to the pig island, were racing other boats in the water, and then made a stop to Iguana island too. Colin said that he had a great time, met a ton of people, and got tons of free stuff out of the experience.
While it wasn’t ideal, and they eventually had to deal with the fiasco that was the airport, Colin said that he had an awesome time for the day. Plus, he got to finish off the rest of his vacation in Miami.
So, was the Fyre festival really that much of a disaster? Well, yeah, it totally was. But, for all of those optimists out there, it really wasn’t all THAT bad.