The now-infamous Fyre Festival left excited attendees angry and the music industry baffled in 2017, when what was supposed to be a luxury music festival on a private Bahamas island turned into utter chaos and a fraud-ridden demise. On Jan. 18, Netflix will shed light on exactly what occurred in a documentary titled FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, and the official trailer dropped this week.
Directed by Chris Smith — whose Netflix doc Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond received an Emmy nomination — the Fyre Festival doc preview features chaotic clips of attendees dragging soaking-wet mattresses and hoards of people stressfully looking for shelter. The trailer also teases one-on-one interviews with insiders as well as attendees, who described the fest as a “free for all” that resulted in a “looting mentality.”
While the film primarily focuses on the scam that co-founder Billy McFarland (who is in the middle of a six-year jail sentence for defrauding festival investors) led with Fyre Fest, the entrepreneur isn’t one of the interviewees.
In addition to FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened hitting Netflix, Hulu is planning a docuseries on the festival in a co-production with Billboard, Cinemart and Mic that will premiere sometime this year. Details for that docuseries have not been announced, other than the fact that it includes an interview with McFarland.
Watch the FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened trailer below.