- Fyre Festival has become one of the most infamous failures of the decade.
- Since the doomed music festival unraveled in the Bahamas, many have referred to other schemes as „the new Fyre Festival.“
The image of a cold cheese sandwich tucked into a polystyrene takeout box will forever remind people of the broken promises of 2017’s Fyre Festival, which has become one the most infamous failed events of the decade.
The „exclusive“ three-day party, which turned into a nightmarish event that left attendees scrambling to get away, resulted in a six-year prison sentence for creator Billy McFarland after he admitted to defrauding investors out of $26 million.
Since then, the festival has become a reference point for many other schemes, with the commonalities being that expecations fell well short of reality.
Here is a selection of events that have been compared to Fyre Festival in recent years:
Caroline Calloway’s „creativity workshops“
27-year-old Instagram influencer and writer Caroline Calloway came under scrutiny in January after a viral Twitter thread claimed that her $165 „creativity workshops“ were a „scam.“
It transpired that Calloway was very unprepared for the tour she had scheduled: venues weren’t secured, planned activities never happened, and she was reportedly even considering asking people to bring their own food despite promising a salad lunch.
Calloway listened to her critics and briefly canceled her tour before reinstating it a day later.
„I canceled my tour because I was frightened and feeling worthless because if you read enough bad things about yourself on the internet you will start to believe they’re true,“ she wrote in an Instagram story in January. „You can’t let the people who despise you run your f—ing life.“
Atomic Wings Superbowl
Me and a few of my closest friends trying to figure out if we’re getting our @AtomicWings before the #NYJets or #NYGiants make the Super Bowl #youhadonejob pic.twitter.com/Mr1vgNrFg3
An Atomic Wings restaurant located in New York City’s East Village was accused of being the the „Fyre Festival of Wings“ earlier this month after dozens of angry customers took to social media to complain that the food they had preordered for the Super Bowl did not arrive.
„0 wings delivered after 12 hrs for super bowl. Place is a sham. Scam. Fyre festival of Wings,“ one Yelp user wrote at the time.
The restaurant later said that an equipment failure was behind the massive delays, according to Eater New York.
@AtomicWings I ordered 100 wings from your East Village location that were supposed to come at 4pm and still have not been delivered. I have called and the line is constantly busy, I’ve emailed and no one responded. Can you help please??
New York City Pizza Festival
Furious Foodies Call Brooklyn Pizza Festival The ‚Fyre Festival‘ Of NYC Food Events https://t.co/uNr8CdSi2f pic.twitter.com/RaSEQVn8qc
A pizza festival that took place in Brooklyn, New York, in September 2017 and promised to be „a day-long celebration of the dough, cheese, tasty sauces, and delicious toppings“ was dubbed the „Fyre Festival“ of pizza parties.
Attendees, who spent as much as $75 on tickets to the event, were expecting to sample tasty slices from various New York pizzerias. Instead, they were given „tiny slivers“ of cold pizza, one attendee said.
The organizers of the festival sent out an apology message on Facebook during the event, warning ticket holders not to come to the evening’s tastings because of delays in pizza delivery.
It was subsequently investigated by the New York Attorney General, and ticket holders were refunded.
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