Netflix has announced a documentary on the ill-fated Fyre Festival that landed organiser Billy McFarland a six-year prison sentence.
The festival, staged in April 2017, was marketed as a luxury event in the Bahamas, with some tickets costing as much as $100,000.
The documentary, named ‘Fyre’, “gives a first-hand look into the disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organisers themselves,” according to the announcement.
Fyre will be released on January 18 and is produced by Vice Studios, Library Films, and Jerry Media.
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Fyre Festival was a disaster with headline act Blink 182 pulling out, and patrons who had no way of leaving the island claiming that they were going without basic essentials such as secure accommodation, food, drink and electricity. The event was postponed after organisers admitted “we didn’t think security could keep up”.
McFarland pleaded guilty in March to two counts of wire fraud related to the festival, but then in July admitted two more counts of fraud relating to another ticket-selling scam that he had set up while on bail.
Addressing the court ahead of sentencing, McFarland said he knew he had “betrayed the trust of my investors, my customers, my family”.
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