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Fyre Festival Attendees To Receive $7,200 Each

Stewart Perrie

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Fyre Festival Attendees To Receive $7,200 Each

People who attended the absolute horror show that was Fyre Festival are in for a massive pay day.

Nearly four years after hundreds of people flew to a tropical island in the Bahamas to hear the likes of Migos, Disclosure, Blink-182, Major Lazer belt out some bangers, attendees have finally won.

A class action lawsuit has has been successful in getting compensation for all the attendees who signed up.

The 277 people who joined the lawsuit will now get $7,200 each.

The settlement was filed in US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York and means everyone who got to witness The Lord of the Flies as a music festival firsthand will now be able to move on.

Lead attorney, Ben Meiselas, of Geragos and Geragos, told Variety: "It's a small but significant step for ticketholders who were defrauded and had their lives up ended as a result of the fraudulent conduct by [Fyre founder Billy] McFarland."

Credit: Ian Moran (Creator Studio)
Credit: Ian Moran (Creator Studio)

Because there are so many creditors involved in the bungled music festival, attendees who were included in the class action have been warned some won't get the $7,200 instantly.

But Mr Meiselas said 'there will be monetary relief in some form or fashion pending approval' and the case will be back in court on May 13 for approval.

It's no secret that people who wanted to go to the 2017 event were sold a lie.

Attendees were promised everything from yacht parties to the finest food - Kendall Jenner was reportedly paid $250,000 for the post to her 100 million Instagram followers, announcing the event.

Other model-slash-influencers such as Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Baldwin were using #fyrefestival on their accounts to promote the festival, which was due to take place on an island 'once owned by Pablo Escobar'.

But instead of the expected luxury accommodation, festival-goers were met what was described as the Hunger Games for millennials.

Credit: Fyre Festival
Credit: Fyre Festival

Bahamian locals who were contracted to work on the festival were also left penniless with nearly each and every one of the workers going unpaid.

A Netflix documentary showcased all the issues organisers ran into before it was officially declared a disaster.

It also delved into the grim and extremely unsettling true story of Billy McFarland, the CEO and founder of Fyre Media, and rapper Ja Rule's attempt at putting on the Coachella-style festival.

Back in October 2018, Billy McFarland ended up being sentenced to six years in prison on fraud charges, and was ordered to cough up $26 million.

Ja Rule was not arrested or charged in connection with the fraud.

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