Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fyre Festival disaster

I don't know if this is good or bad, but one thing about Ja Rule's Fyre luxury gourmet "music" festival in the Bahamas is that some of the wealthy attendees have become momentary celebrities.

A young woman, Lamaan Gallal, tweeted:
"People are fainting and all you can make are rich kid jokes. Shame on all of you ignorant psychopaths. Idiots".
She tweeted a number of photos and videos. People responded to the tweet with dozens and dozens of rich kid jokes. But amidst those jokes were messages from news outlets wanting to talk to her and use her video.

I googled her and found her on an acting and modeling website. She's studying law in college. Maybe she could parlay this into something. I doubt it, but who knows.

Chloe Gordon wrote an article in New York Magazine which seemed to indicate that they only gave themselves six weeks to pull the entire thing together and they didn't seem to be trying that hard. Ja Rule, she said, came to check out the site, but never bothered coming ashore from his yacht.
My job as a talent producer was to coordinate travel and on-site logistics with the artists who would be performing: Blink 182, Major Lazer, Disclosure, among others, had already signed on. I would be working with an 11-person team and a few of the festival executives. The production team was all new hires and, before we arrived, we were led to believe things had been in motion for a while. But nothing had been done. Festival vendors weren’t in place, no stage had been rented, transportation had not been arranged. Frankly, we were standing on an empty gravel pit and no one had any idea how we were going to build a festival village from scratch.
They reportedly have adorable swimming pigs there.

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