Billy McFarland

Fyre Festival Promoter Billy McFarland Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

The promoter of a botched, highly publicized music festival in the Bahamas has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Associated Press | October 11, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Fyre Festival Promoter’s Lawyer Asks For Lenient Sentence, Citing Mental Illness

A lawyer says mental illness caused the promoter of a failed music festival to rip off investors and commit other crimes. Attorney Randall…
Associated Press | September 24, 2018 - 8:19 pm

Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland Pleads Guilty To New Fraud Charges

The promoter of a failed music festival has pleaded guilty to charges that could result in a prison sentence of over a decade. …
Associated Press | July 26, 2018 - 1:33 pm

SEC Settles $24.7M Fraud Case Against Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland

The United States Security and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday (7/24) it has settled charges against Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland and his associates. New York…
Taylor Mims / Billboard | July 24, 2018 - 5:44 pm

Two Fyre Fest Attendees Win $5M Settlement For Their Suffering

Fyre Fest is truly the schadenfreude that keeps on giving. The disastrous island music festival getaway was well over a year ago, but its fallout…
Chris DeVille | July 3, 2018 - 2:24 pm

Fyre Fest Promoter’s Bail Revoked

Bail has been revoked for the promoter of a failed music festival on a Bahamian island, with a judge calling him a flight risk and…
Associated Press | June 18, 2018 - 5:26 pm

Fyre Festival Promoter Billy McFarland Arrested On Fraud Charges

The promoter of a failed music festival in the Bahamas has been arrested again on fraud charges as he awaits sentencing in the earlier case.
Associated Press | June 12, 2018 - 7:01 pm

Fyre Fest Organizer Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud, Faces Up To 40 Years In Prison

Fyre Fest organizer Billy McFarland has pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. McFarland originally pleaded not guilty in October. TMZ reports that the…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 6, 2018 - 4:31 pm

Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland Arrested For Wire Fraud

Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland, who organized the disastrous Fyre Festival alongside poor Ja Rule, has been arrested by the FBI on charges of wire…
Peter Helman | July 1, 2017 - 10:54 am

Leaked Email From Fyre Festival Exec: “We Could Get Away With 75 Toilets”

Lower-level staff warned Fyre Festival executives about conditions on the island -- including insufficient housing and restrooms -- days and weeks ahead of the…
Anna Gaca / Spin | June 5, 2017 - 6:42 pm

FBI Investigating Fyre Fest For Mail, Wire, And Securities Fraud

The organizers of last month's disastrous Fyre Festival are already battling a whole mess of lawsuits, and now, they've become the focus of a federal…
Peter Helman | May 21, 2017 - 9:14 pm

How The Fyre Fest Nightmare Burned Through Millions

The warning signs were evident as early as December 2016. Billy McFarland, a 25-year-old "tech bro," as The New York Post once described him, decided…
Dave Brooks / Billboard | May 3, 2017 - 8:03 pm

Bahamas Bans Ja Rule & Billy McFarland From Doing Another Festival

The legendarily disastrous Fyre Fest was supposed to take place on the Bahamas island of Great Exuma last weekend. Those plans imploded in the grandest…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2017 - 12:31 pm

Billy McFarland Announces Fyre Fest 2018!

Today's big story is the hilarious slow-motion car wreck that has been Fyre Fest, the luxury festival in the Bahamas that basically descended into a…
Peter Helman | April 28, 2017 - 9:06 pm

Fyre Fest Villains Billy McFarland And Ja Rule Describe Their Meet-Cute

Last fall, entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule -- the people behind the epic fuck-up that was (is?) (will always be?) Fyre Festival --…
James Rettig | April 28, 2017 - 5:34 pm
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