Celebrity-backed Fyre Festival a "complete disaster"

Guests locked in airport, Blink-182 pulls out and event postponed

Fyre Festival disaster

A luxury music festival organised by rapper Ja Rule was branded a "complete disaster" after the event on an island in the Bahamas descended into chaos.

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Fyre Festival, which cost up to up to $12,780 (£9,200) for a four-person package, was promoted by supermodels including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid as "two transformative weekends". But the organisers were forced to cancel the festival after ticket-holders arrived to a far from luxurious paradise.

Band Blink-182 pulled out of the festival on Friday, saying: "We're not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give our fans."

Dozens of festival-goers waited hours for their flight from Miami to the island and reported being locked in the airport for their safety with no food, the Independent reports.

One person wrote on Twitter: "We have been locked indoors with no air NO FOOD and NO water".

Those who arrived on the island said it was "mass chaos" with "no organization". Writing on Twitter, one festival-goer said: "There are no villas, just a disaster tent city."

The organisers of the festival said: "Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed.

"After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travellers home safely."

Meanwhile, Ja Rule took to Twitter to say he was "heartbroken" by the way the event unfolded and that it was "NOT A SCAM".

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released a statement and said it was at the festival site to "assist with the organization of a safe return of all Fyre Festival visitors."

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