Hulu and Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentaries prove there were myriad issues with the planning of the April 2017 event. From being kicked off of their private island in the Bahamas months before the festival to a lack of housing for attendees, the Fyre team — led by CEO and founder Billy McFarland — scrambled up until the day of the event to come through on their promise of a luxury music experience.
Disappointed festivalgoers posted on social media at the time about less-than-gourmet meal options and inadequate water supply.
But in Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, event producer Andy King — who worked with McFarland on his previous Magnises venture before pitching in on Fyre Festival — recalls the ends he almost went to in order to acquire the little water the festival did supply.
“We had four containers filled, four 18-wheeler trucks filled with Evian water that I had left the week before for two days to go to meetings in Bermuda for the America’s Cup,” King claims in Fyre. “And when I came back, I had missed the big meeting with customs. And of course customs had said to Billy and the gang, you need to pay us $175,000 in cash today for us to release the water.”
With McFarland struggling for money to keep the festival afloat, he suggested an alternate plan to King.
“Billy called and said, ‘Andy, we need you to take one big thing for the team.’ And I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been taking something for the team every day,’ ” King says. “He said, ‘You’re our wonderful gay leader and we need you to go down, will you suck d— to fix this water problem?’ And I said, ‘Billy, what?’ And he said, ‘Andy, if you will go down and suck Cunningham’s d—, who’s the head of customs, and get him to clear all of the containers with water, you will save this festival.’ ”
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With the first Fyre Fest on the line, King didn’t miss a beat.
“I literally drove home, took a shower, I drank some mouthwash,” he says. “I’m like, oh my gosh I’m really … and I got into my car to drive across the island to take one for the team. And I got to his office fully prepared to suck his d—.”
Luckily, the customs officer was understanding and all he wanted in return for releasing the water was to be promptly paid the import fee for the goods.
“Can you imagine, in my 30 years of a career, that this is what I was going to do?” King asks in Fyre. “I was going to do that, honestly, to save the festival.”
Of course, getting the trucks of water did not actually save Fyre Festival, and many Bahamian vendors and workers remain unpaid.
Netflix’s Fyre and Hulu’s Fyre Fraud are streaming now.
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