LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Just days after the inaugural edition of an exclusive music festival aimed for the Bahamas unraveled, organizers are facing a $100 million lawsuit over the failed event.
According to Bloomberg, the lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court, alleges that Fyre Fest organizers were guilty of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract and the lawsuit seeks class action status for the thousands of ticket-holders who paid thousands of dollars for tickets.
“The festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees—suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions—that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella,” the complaint stated, using AEG's flagship festival as the bar for which other events are measured.
The lawsuit contends that organizers marketed the festival as an luxurious counterpoint to competing events and that Fyre Festival would be “the culture experience of the decade.” Attendees, who paid at minimum several thousand dollars each for tickets, reported that instead of luxury accommodations, they were treated to a refugee camp-like experience.
The lawsuit also claims that organizer knew that the festival was in disarray and claims that while they warned celebrity guests and artists not to attend, they didn't provide the same information for festival-goers.
“Fyre Festival and its promoters recklessly stranded thousands of consumers in a festival [of] horror, and cost them thousands of dollars on travel, lodging, and time off from work,” Ben Meiselas, an attorney for the plaintiffs said.
Fyre Festival organizers did not immediately respond to Bloomberg's request for comment. – Staff Writers