The chaos is over, for now.
Fyre Festival, a luxury event founded by Ja Rule, began and ended with disaster this weekend. The Bahamas-based music festival was so poorly organized that it led to an evacuation of the island before all attendees had arrived, and the chaos of it all was closely documented on social media.
As some tickets cost as much as $12,000, there has been some worry that attendees will not be refunded. Ja Rule has now made an official statement to set the record straight.
"Relieved to share that all guest[s] are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund. Our deepest apologies," he wrote on Twitter Sunday. Meanwhile, the official Fyre Festival Twitter account also expressed apologies to all those disappointed by the outcome of the fest. "#FyreFestival is a dream & vision we poured our hearts & souls into creating," reads the statement. "2017 fell dramatically short of even modest expectations."
Ja Rule and Fyre Fest's Tweets can be found below. The Festival has been postponed to 2018. Hopefully, everyone had learned their lesson.
Relieved to share that all guest are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund. Our deepest apologies... #fyrefestival— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) April 30, 2017
#FyreFestival is a dream & vision we poured our hearts & souls into creating, 2017 fell dramatically short of even modest expectations— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 30, 2017
We're heartbroken that we let down all the guests who put their faith in us (con't)— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 30, 2017
To our guests and staff—thank you again for your all patience as we navigate our next steps. We owe you an apology (con't)— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 30, 2017
Guests have been sent a form that will provide the necessary information to apply for a refund— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 30, 2017
According to the Fyre Festival website, this year's attendees will not only be granted a full refund, but will also be given VIP passes to th3 2018 festival. After all the disaster, it seems that Fyre Fest will have the sponsorship it requires for next year's event. Read an excerpt of the statement below.
The support from the musical community has been overwhelming and we couldn’t be more humbled or inspired by this experience. People were rooting for us after the worst day we’ve ever had as a company. After speaking with our potential partners, we have decided to add more seasoned event experts to the 2018 Fyre Festival, which will take place at a United States beach venue.
All festival goers this year will be refunded in full. We will be working on refunds over the next few days and will be in touch directly with guests with more details. Also, all guests from this year will have free VIP passes to next year’s festival.