An overwhelming majority seem interested in going back to the disaster area
Despite being his with a civil suit suing them for over $100 million, Fyre Festival organisers are already planning a 2018 return for the event. Billy McFarland, who co-founded the event, stated they would spend time focusing on getting infrastructure in place in time for next year. He also plans to offer VIP passes in lieu of refunds to attendants of this years disastrous festival.
In a statement to Rolling Stone the organisers said, “Currently 81% of guests who have filled out the refund application have said they would like to attend Fyre Festival 2018. We are so thankful for their support and excitement as we strive to make this right.”
The offer seems like a fairly transparent attempt by McFarland and his fellow founder Ja Rule to limit the defendants in the class action suit they face. Despite the obvious move, a lot of people are going for it. A reported 81% of those who attended the festival this year would consider returning. There are obviously suggestions that those considering the VIP passes are those from affluent backgrounds who can afford not to put huge importance on the money. It’s hard to argue against that logic although it is unlikely it applies to everyone.
In addition to the suit being levied against them, Fyre Fest is threatening its own suits. Negative comments about Fyre Fest on social media are being met with cease and desist requests. The requests claim that social media comments could ‘incite violence, rioting, or civil unrest’. If ever there is an example of an echo chamber it’s a music festival believing it’s important enough to cause rioting after the festival has ended.