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Ja Rule under fire for Fyre Festival's disastrous start and cancelation

Ralph Bristout

 // Apr 28, 2017

Groundlift Media // Murder Inc

Fyre Festival has been "fully postponed" due to "unforeseen and extenuating circumstances" following multiple reports that compared the music event to a disaster zone. A quick Google search for the fest will lead you to why it and Ja Rule are currently trending online.

Fyre Festival, which was due to take place this weekend, was announced earlier this year and was set to feature performances from G.O.O.D. Music, Disclosure, Rae Sremmurd, Pusha T, Migos, Major Lazer, Kaytranada, and more. Taking place in the Bahamas, the weekend show was being helmed by Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland. It had already been promoted by supermodels Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Bellla Hadid, and was promised to be accompanied by a luxurious, beach paradise setting. Unfortunately, things went wrong.

Reports about trouble at the fest - for which weekend ticket prices were between $1,000 and $12,000 - started picking up yesterday (April 17), when first ticket-holders came to a half-done campsite. To make matters worse, Blink-182, who was billed to perform that night, canceled. "We're not confident we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans," the band said in a statement. Moreover, things continued to go left when planes scheduled to depart Miami for the show were grounded. Passengers were reportedly told that the island was over capacity.

Several festival-goers that arrived on the island reported the disappointing conditions, such as underwhelming accommodations, disorganized luggage distribution, disaster relief tents and more. Attempts to leave the island, too, were hindered.

Now, Fyre Festival has officially announced its cancellation. "Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests," reads a statement on the festival's website. "The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high- quality experience we envisioned." Flights to the island have also been canceled and vacant flights from Miami have been sent to "get all travelers home safely."

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism also issued a statement, stating the Fyre Festival failed to "have the capacity to execute an event of this scale." Ja Rule, himself, has even apologized for the mishap, stating "It was not a scam... I truly apologize as this is not my fault."

Still, apology aside, the disastrous start has already been mocked by fans and artists.

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