I Was Supposed To Be A Fyre Festival Model, Then Realized It Was A Debacle

What was meant to be an opulent, three-day music pageant within the Bahamas district of Exuma shortly crashed and burned this weekend. Fyre Festival goers arrived within the Caribbean island paradise to seek out little to no staffers, nonexistent rooms to sleep in, and full disarray — regardless of being promised (and paying 1000’s of for) a deluxe pageant expertise.

Amanda Riley, 22, was one of many fashions and Instagram influencers invited by the pageant to attend without cost, in alternate for promotional posts on social media. Below, she recounts to The Hollywood Reporter the chaos of the previous 24 hours.


I used to be in L.A. about six months in the past once I was provided these tickets — every thing paid for. They’re attempting to get a variety of promotion from fashions. A pair mates and I had been going to go, every thing was paid and comped. We acquired tickets from the pageant which is nice that we didn’t should spend all this cash. I’ve mates that spent, you understand, a pair thousand and are anxious that they’re not gonna get refunded. I acquired these tickets in alternate for a pair posts to assist them with advertising.

On Tuesday, I had a pink eye flight, acquired to New York and my bag will get misplaced in New York. And I had this small suitcase that had all my bikinis, every thing I want for Fyre Festival, as a result of it was my plan to go for 4 days. I land in New York, I needed to go to my house. Turns out I really needed to transfer all my stuff into storage as a result of I can’t transfer into my new house till May 1, so I don’t have my house for the week. I’m like, “It’s perfect that I’m going to the Bahamas.”

So I hop on my flight. I’m on my own as a result of my cousin who I invited as my plus-one wasn’t supposed to return till right this moment. So I’m on my own on this flight in New York. I land in Miami. And all these children. It’s all a bunch of like actually good trying, tremendous excited folks. Everyone’s tremendous pumped, however, you understand, there’s all this controversy and all these rumors going round about it you understand?

And we get to Miami. We’re on the gate. And we’ve all of our wristbands. And I’m getting texts from a very good buddy of mine who was within the Bahamas, and he stated it’s an absolute catastrophe. Don’t come. And I used to be like, “well I didn’t pay for anything, and we were supposed to be in villas. Not these tents.” And apparently, these tents weren’t even made. Like there was no air con. The beds had been soaking moist. We’re outdoors within the pouring rain.

I used to be getting images and images and images and movies of those who had been there and so they had a Styrofoam field of like chopped up romaine lettuce, two slices of bread, and a bit of cheese on it.

One group didn’t have their suitcases as a result of they landed within the Bahamas — it is a story that I used to be informed from my ex-boyfriend that was there — they took all their suitcases and the staffers had been like, ‘Oh, go hang out at the beach. We’re going to assign you rooms.’ They had been on the seashore for six hours, with none of their stuff. None of their chargers. So everybody’s telephones are dying. And so a pair folks like discovered a neighborhood resort and grabbed their baggage. Other those who had been screwed didn’t have a spot to sleep.

Meanwhile, I’m in Miami. All the flights to Exuma get canceled. So I don’t have a resort in Miami. I don’t have a flight again to New York. I don’t have an house in New York. I begin panicking. And I’m on my own. Luckily I discovered some mates. I posted on Facebook, “I’m in Miami for Fyre Festival this weekend. Who’s here? I’m all by myself.” I discovered some mates. Thank God. I met up with some mates, acquired a resort room and determined to remain in Miami for the weekend.

My ex-boyfriend was nonetheless within the Bahamas and slept at Exuma’s airport in a single day, as a result of they saved telling them there was a flight coming like each thirty minutes. They didn’t find yourself leaving the Bahamas till 9 a.m.

And now my mates and everybody from what I do know are protected and everybody’s again in Miami and figured their very own factor out. But they spent all this cash. Now they don’t have their flights again to L.A. or New York or wherever till Sunday or Monday. They should upfront all this cash for resorts and all these things that was alleged to be already paid for. I acquired fortunate as a result of mine was a promotional deal.

I used to be one of many fashions they requested to return out. I’m not having to upfront any cash which is good. I simply acquired form of fortunate. Worst case, I’ve to purchase my one flight again to New York. But that’s most likely about it. The those who gave us these entire promotional offers and advertising packages stated that no matter we’ve to pay for, they’ll reimburse us. They additionally acquired my flight individually from New York to Miami. So I’m simply form of ready for what occurs Sunday. I don’t actually know but.

I met a bunch of individuals on the airport, and I met these two women from Orange County and so they stated that they spent $three,000 every on an all-inclusive resort, flight, meals, no matter. And there was common admission, VIP and the artists’ black wristbands. They had been all completely different resort lodging, every thing. And they’d the very minimal, GA, in a tent. And they spent $three,000. And I’m getting all these emails from Fyre saying one thing like “sorry about this confusion and the outcome of this. We’re going to reimburse you.” There’s one other electronic mail like, “Please hold off. We’re going to reschedule.” So individuals are anxious they’re not going to get reimbursed now or they’re attempting to carry their cash and do it once more. It’s an enormous ol’ mess.

I’m staying out of it as a result of I’m form of full with it. My family and friends are protected. And I didn’t pay for something, so I’m not trying to get reimbursed or something so I simply don’t need something to do with that firm anymore or take care of these folks.

The a number of emails despatched by pageant organizers to attendees on Friday:

This story initially appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.