Everyone Is Suing Fyre Fest
Four class action lawsuits have now been filed against Fyre Media, the organizers of the viral shitshow that was last weekend’s Fyre Festival. And now they’ve been hit with another complaint from National Event Services, a Pennsylvania event staffing company hired to provide emergency medical services for the festival. Bloomberg reports that this new suit, filed yesterday in Philadelphia court, accuses Fyre of breach of contract and fraud, alleging that organizers didn’t purchase cancellation insurance and seeking at least $250,000 in damages.
And in other Fyre Festival news, it appears that cofounder Billy McFarland lied about some Comcast money. As early as June, McFarland and Ja Rule met with investors at Comcast Ventures to secure funding not for the festival but for the Fyre app, a talent-booking platform for consumers trying to hire musicians and artists. And although McFarland told employees that the VC firm had invested $20 million in the company, a spokeswoman for Comcast denies that it ever provided any funding. According to one source, Comcast opted mere days before the festival not to invest as much as $25 million in Fyre Media, citing concerns over the app’s technical capabilities and Fyre’s inability to provide crucial financial information. Seems like a smart choice!