Music festival in Bahamas billed as luxe is ‘postponed’ after ‘total disorganization and chaos’

Music festival in Bahamas billed as luxe is 'postponed' after 'total disorganization and chaos'William N. Finley IV/@WNFIV(NEW YORK) — A luxury music festival planned for this weekend in the Bahamas has been postponed amid a storm of social media complaints from attendees and a statement by the island nation’s tourism office calling the situation “total disorganization and chaos.”

The official website for the Fyre Festival posted a statement at midday Monday ET that reads, “Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas.

Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests.”

The statement — which came hours after attendees posted pictures from the local airport showing people apparently trying to catch flights back to the states — continued, “The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned.”

It added that the organizers are trying to get attendees still on the island on complimentary charter flights back to Miami, Florida.

Earlier, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released a statement saying, “The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.”

Fyre Festival attendee Trevor DeHass told ABC News on Monday morning that the moment he and his friends landed on the island of Exuma on Thursday night for what he thought would be “the most luxurious festival in the world,” they began to worry.

DeHass said the food, for example, was not up to the upscale standards advertised for the all-inclusive weekend. He said he and his friends were served two slices of bread, a slice of cheese and a small salad for dinner Thursday. DeHass also said that he has been unable to find Fyre Festival organizers at the site — only local hires who he said aren’t able to answer his questions.

DeHass has been tweeting about his experience.

@FyreFraud Here’s the dinner they fed us tonight. Literally slices of bread, cheese, and salad with no dressing. #fyrefraud #fyrefestival #dumpsterfyre pic.twitter.com/NmNXakSFlq

— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017

His tweets are one small piece of an explosion of complaints on social media about the festival. Fyre Festival ticket packages cost up to thousands of dollars, with some starting at $4,395 per person. Other guests are also saying that what was advertised as a tropical getaway lacks even the most basic accommodations.

Stuck at #fyrefestival trying to leave for the last 8 hours. barley any food or water or security or electricity pic.twitter.com/jHPMnJw5gx

— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017

We have been locked indoors with no air NO FOOD and NO water #fyrefestival #fyrefest fyrefraud pic.twitter.com/wg5pZmSvnx

— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017

This sums up Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefestival #fyrefest pic.twitter.com/x4xcFBL8Yg

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

A request for comment from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on the allegation in some posts of attendees being locked indoors did not receive an immediate response.

Since the posts began appearing online, some groups have arrived back in Miami. William Finley posted a video to Twitter showing passengers on a flight cheering as they landed back in the states.

We just landed in Miami. We have the conch. Fyre Fest is dead. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/hnnnDJCai4

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

The festival lineup was scheduled to include high-profile acts like Ja Rule, Daya and Tyga. Requests for comment from their respective representatives were not immediately returned to ABC News, but Rule had been posting all week on Instagram and Twitter about the festival, even showing off a “Fyre” airplane in one of his posts.

Blink-182 was also scheduled to headline, but said Thursday that they would not be attending.

pic.twitter.com/lMjXQSMPqC

— blink-182 (@blink182) April 27, 2017

In a video published on the Fyre Festival YouTube page in January, the events was billed as the “The best in food, art music and adventure” and featured models and artists playing on the beach and in the water.

Fyre Festival released a statement on Instagram early Friday morning, saying “things got off to an unexpected start.”

Requests for comment from the festival itself have been bounced back have bounced back with an automatic-replay email stating they are dealing with “overwhelming demand” for comment.

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Music festival in Bahamas billed as luxe is ‘postponed’ after ‘total disorganization and chaos’

Music festival in Bahamas billed as luxe is 'postponed' after 'total disorganization and chaos'William N. Finley IV/@WNFIV(NEW YORK) — A luxury music festival planned for this weekend in the Bahamas has been postponed amid a storm of social media complaints from attendees and a statement by the island nation’s tourism office calling the situation “total disorganization and chaos.”

The official website for the Fyre Festival posted a statement at midday Monday ET that reads, “Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas.

Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests.”

The statement — which came hours after attendees posted pictures from the local airport showing people apparently trying to catch flights back to the states — continued, “The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned.”

It added that the organizers are trying to get attendees still on the island on complimentary charter flights back to Miami, Florida.

Earlier, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released a statement saying, “The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.”

Fyre Festival attendee Trevor DeHass told ABC News on Monday morning that the moment he and his friends landed on the island of Exuma on Thursday night for what he thought would be “the most luxurious festival in the world,” they began to worry.

DeHass said the food, for example, was not up to the upscale standards advertised for the all-inclusive weekend. He said he and his friends were served two slices of bread, a slice of cheese and a small salad for dinner Thursday. DeHass also said that he has been unable to find Fyre Festival organizers at the site — only local hires who he said aren’t able to answer his questions.

DeHass has been tweeting about his experience.

@FyreFraud Here’s the dinner they fed us tonight. Literally slices of bread, cheese, and salad with no dressing. #fyrefraud #fyrefestival #dumpsterfyre pic.twitter.com/NmNXakSFlq

— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017

His tweets are one small piece of an explosion of complaints on social media about the festival. Fyre Festival ticket packages cost up to thousands of dollars, with some starting at $4,395 per person. Other guests are also saying that what was advertised as a tropical getaway lacks even the most basic accommodations.

Stuck at #fyrefestival trying to leave for the last 8 hours. barley any food or water or security or electricity pic.twitter.com/jHPMnJw5gx

— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017

We have been locked indoors with no air NO FOOD and NO water #fyrefestival #fyrefest fyrefraud pic.twitter.com/wg5pZmSvnx

— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017

This sums up Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefestival #fyrefest pic.twitter.com/x4xcFBL8Yg

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

A request for comment from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on the allegation in some posts of attendees being locked indoors did not receive an immediate response.

Since the posts began appearing online, some groups have arrived back in Miami. William Finley posted a video to Twitter showing passengers on a flight cheering as they landed back in the states.

We just landed in Miami. We have the conch. Fyre Fest is dead. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/hnnnDJCai4

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

The festival lineup was scheduled to include high-profile acts like Ja Rule, Daya and Tyga. Requests for comment from their respective representatives were not immediately returned to ABC News, but Rule had been posting all week on Instagram and Twitter about the festival, even showing off a “Fyre” airplane in one of his posts.

Blink-182 was also scheduled to headline, but said Thursday that they would not be attending.

pic.twitter.com/lMjXQSMPqC

— blink-182 (@blink182) April 27, 2017

In a video published on the Fyre Festival YouTube page in January, the events was billed as the “The best in food, art music and adventure” and featured models and artists playing on the beach and in the water.

Fyre Festival released a statement on Instagram early Friday morning, saying “things got off to an unexpected start.”

Requests for comment from the festival itself have been bounced back have bounced back with an automatic-replay email stating they are dealing with “overwhelming demand” for comment.

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Music festival in Bahamas billed as luxe is ‘postponed’ after ‘total disorganization and chaos’

Music festival in Bahamas billed as luxe is 'postponed' after 'total disorganization and chaos'William N. Finley IV/@WNFIV(NEW YORK) — A luxury music festival planned for this weekend in the Bahamas has been postponed amid a storm of social media complaints from attendees and a statement by the island nation’s tourism office calling the situation “total disorganization and chaos.”

The official website for the Fyre Festival posted a statement at midday Monday ET that reads, “Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas.

Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests.”

The statement — which came hours after attendees posted pictures from the local airport showing people apparently trying to catch flights back to the states — continued, “The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned.”

It added that the organizers are trying to get attendees still on the island on complimentary charter flights back to Miami, Florida.

Earlier, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released a statement saying, “The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.”

Fyre Festival attendee Trevor DeHass told ABC News on Monday morning that the moment he and his friends landed on the island of Exuma on Thursday night for what he thought would be “the most luxurious festival in the world,” they began to worry.

DeHass said the food, for example, was not up to the upscale standards advertised for the all-inclusive weekend. He said he and his friends were served two slices of bread, a slice of cheese and a small salad for dinner Thursday. DeHass also said that he has been unable to find Fyre Festival organizers at the site — only local hires who he said aren’t able to answer his questions.

DeHass has been tweeting about his experience.

@FyreFraud Here’s the dinner they fed us tonight. Literally slices of bread, cheese, and salad with no dressing. #fyrefraud #fyrefestival #dumpsterfyre pic.twitter.com/NmNXakSFlq

— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017

His tweets are one small piece of an explosion of complaints on social media about the festival. Fyre Festival ticket packages cost up to thousands of dollars, with some starting at $4,395 per person. Other guests are also saying that what was advertised as a tropical getaway lacks even the most basic accommodations.

Stuck at #fyrefestival trying to leave for the last 8 hours. barley any food or water or security or electricity pic.twitter.com/jHPMnJw5gx

— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017

We have been locked indoors with no air NO FOOD and NO water #fyrefestival #fyrefest fyrefraud pic.twitter.com/wg5pZmSvnx

— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017

This sums up Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefestival #fyrefest pic.twitter.com/x4xcFBL8Yg

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

A request for comment from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on the allegation in some posts of attendees being locked indoors did not receive an immediate response.

Since the posts began appearing online, some groups have arrived back in Miami. William Finley posted a video to Twitter showing passengers on a flight cheering as they landed back in the states.

We just landed in Miami. We have the conch. Fyre Fest is dead. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/hnnnDJCai4

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

The festival lineup was scheduled to include high-profile acts like Ja Rule, Daya and Tyga. Requests for comment from their respective representatives were not immediately returned to ABC News, but Rule had been posting all week on Instagram and Twitter about the festival, even showing off a “Fyre” airplane in one of his posts.

Blink-182 was also scheduled to headline, but said Thursday that they would not be attending.

pic.twitter.com/lMjXQSMPqC

— blink-182 (@blink182) April 27, 2017

In a video published on the Fyre Festival YouTube page in January, the events was billed as the “The best in food, art music and adventure” and featured models and artists playing on the beach and in the water.

Fyre Festival released a statement on Instagram early Friday morning, saying “things got off to an unexpected start.”

Requests for comment from the festival itself have been bounced back have bounced back with an automatic-replay email stating they are dealing with “overwhelming demand” for comment.

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