By now everyone has heard of the disastrous “luxury” music festival in the Bahamas called Fyre Festival. Today, we take a closer look at why such a festival turned out to be such a grand scale nightmare for attendees. It was only a couple of months ago when social media everywhere started reporting in on the “horror stories” from the attendees of the Fyre Festival.
Inadequate facilities, terrible food, etc—the list goes on and on. From a music festival’s standpoint, there was very little that you could botch. A music festival after all required four things in particular: music, food, established location, and people to go. Somehow, despite having a lot of the fourth, Fyre Festival managed to crash and burn spectacularly. From our point of view, this is why the Fyre Festival became such a nightmare:
Status over Substance
It was very clear from the beginning that the “festival” was being touted as a luxury getaway which promised babes in bikinis, crystal clear water, gourmet food, and gorgeous accommodations to make anyone want to go. At least, that is what it all looked like in the promotional videos that starred several “influencers”—children with huge followings online.
Instead of putting together the basic components of a good music festival, the organizers decided to pile on the glamour in order to attract the crowd they clearly got. Goers expected the luxury that they were promised yet all their dreams were met with soggy blankets and cheese sandwiches. The ostentatious price tag was not enough to deter people from going.
Music festivals are supposed to be about the music. It is a celebration of musical achievements—not something that you attend simply because you can brag that you got to go. By focusing on status over substance, Fyre Festival was doomed from the start.
Why, on God’s green earth, would you choose to hold a festival in an undeveloped island? While some festivals have a specific charm because of their location, it is never a good decision to take your audience too far away from convenience and safety. Even massive concerts held in the desert came with massive logistical planning. They needed to make sure that there were medical crews on standby in case something was to happen to an attendee.
Fyre Festival ignored. It seems more and more than the organizers thought that the festival would just work out despite knowing before hand that they did not have the manpower, resources, and gumption to provide the experience that they promised. By taking their attendees outside of the USA, they were immediately subject to conditions that Americans take for granted freely. Comfort is of paramount importance when you have a music festival. There should be adequate seating or shade if necessary.
If you take the value and attention away from the music, especially if you are supposed to be a music festival, things are bound to go awry. Before consumers decide to attend a festival, it is important that they do a bit of digging to see if organizers can deliver what was promised.