Billy McFarland Says ‘Fyre Festival 2’ Tickets Are Sold Out
Written by 1.02010 on August 23, 2023
According to creator and organizer Billy McFarland, tickets are sold out for the new event after he officially announced it on Sunday (August 20). Reminder, This is after McFarland’s fraud conviction for the original 2017 Fyre Fest mess.
It’s been a little more than a year since the Fyre Fest founder was released from prison, McFarland has announced that Fyre Festival II is in the works and tickets are already pretty much gone. As we’ve previously reported, in 2018 McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to defrauding investors and scamming festival-goers for 2017’s Fyre Festival, launched and promoted by McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, respectively.
With the rapper’s help, the huge extravaganza was marketed by tons of A-list celebrities as a luxury and exclusive music event set to take place in The Bahamas. However, when thousands of influencers and rich kids made their way to the island, they all were met with a much different reality. After dropping hundreds to thousands of dollars on the tickets themselves, plus airfare and more, festival-goers ended up in a disaster. The lush on-site accommodations turned out to be tents on the beach, and their five-star meals turned out to be cheese sandwiches served in styrofoam containers. Clearly and rightfully upset, everyone took to social media and blasted the festival and its organizers. In May 2022, McFarland was released from prison to a halfway house in New York. At the time, his attorney Jason Russo said his client’s post-fraud conviction focus was on finding “the best way to generate income to pay his restitution back and make amends.”