Fyre Festival 2.0 and Broadway Musical Announced By Founder Billy McFarland

Billy McFarland with Ja Rule at the 2016 Web Summit
Billy McFarland with Ja Rule at the 2016 Web Summit. Image by Web Summit - _DSC0839/Wikipedia

Remember Fyre Festival? The luxury music festival that took place in the Bahamas but turned out to be a disaster and downright scam? Well, it’s happening again.

Fyre Festival’s disgraced founder Billy McFarland announced earlier this week that he secured the funding for Fyre Festival 2.0 while also confirming that a Broadway musical based on the original event is in the works again. McFarland shared the news in a video posted on his TikTok.


Two 🔥 updates: FYRE Festival is happening!!

♬ original sound – Billy McFarland

McFarland later confirmed his plans in an interview with YouTuber Adam Glyn, saying that the Fyre Festival 2.0 is going to take place on an island as well, but not in the Bahamas. He added that there is a significant interest from music acts to take place in the event.

The original Fyre Festival was billed as a two-weekend luxury experience for the festival goers and was supposed to include a star-studded lineup of acts like Pusha T, Tyga, Blink-182, Major Lazer, Disclosure, and Migos, among others. The event, co-founded by rapper Ja Rule, was heavily promoted by social media influencers like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.

However, Fyre Festival turned into a disaster on its first weekend due to issues with security, food, and accommodation, among others. The majority of the top-billed music artists pulled out as a result, causing the event to be canceled.

In the aftermath, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison and was ordered to forfeit $26 million. The Fyre Festival also inspired several documentaries, including Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.