A $100 million lawsuit was filed against organizers of the inaugural Fyre Festival, a music festival in the Bahamas that was billed as a luxury experience only to quickly devolve into an island landscape of half-built tents, cheese sandwiches, and a distinct lack of musical talent.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court, Fyre Festival and its organizers were accused of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract. The plaintiff, attendee Daniel Jung, seeks class action status for the thousands of ticket-holders who flew to the remote venue.
“The festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees-suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions-that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella,” the complaint stated, referring to a similar festival held annually in California. The plaintiff alleged that the organizers knew the Fyre Festival was a “serious danger” to attendees in advance.
The suit, filed by celebrity Hollywood attorney Mark Geragos, seeks $100 million in damages on behalf of a purported class of concertgoers. Jung’s ticket to the Fyre Festival cost $2,000, according to the complaint.
According to festival attendees, instead of being greeted by a paradise, they arrived to a dismal city of disaster-relief tents. Their baggage arrived piled in a shipping container, and the gourmet cuisine they expected turned out to be ham and cheese sandwiches and a side salad in a styrofoam tray.
(c) 2017, Bloomberg · Kim Bhasin, Polly Mosendz