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Fyre Festival Ticket Holders Awarded $7,220 in Class Action Settlement

Fyre Festival has reached a settlement with 277 aggrieved ticket holders of the infamous 2017 Bahamian event, awarding each of them $7,220 payouts.

Fyre Festival has reached a settlement with 277 aggrieved ticket holders of the infamous 2017 Bahamian event, awarding each of them $7,220 payouts. The settlement between the ticket holders and the trustee of Fyre festival assets was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Southern District of New York on Tuesday.

“It’s a small but significant step for ticket holders who were defrauded and had their lives up ended as a result of the fraudulent conduct by [Fyre founder Billy] McFarland,” says Ben Meiselas, partner at Geragos & Geragos, lead attorney for the class-action representing the ticket holders.

Meiselas says despite the fact that there are multiple creditors involved in the bankruptcy case, there will be money set aside in this settlement for Fyre Fest ticket holders — but it may not come out to the full $7,220 apiece. He adds that the exact amount will be determined at a later date but “there will be monetary relief in some form or fashion pending approval.”


A hearing is set for May 13 to approve the settlement for the class action ticket holders.

The festival, which was conceived by McFarland and his business partner, hip-hop artist Jeffrey Atkins (a.k.a. Ja Rule), was billed as a “unique destination concert experience in the Caribbean aimed at young millennials and featuring a number of top musical acts.” It was scheduled to take place over two weekends in April and May 2017 in Exumas, Bahamas, with tickets costing between $1,000 and $12,00, according to Meiselas.

In addition to the festival, which was billed as having “the greatest talents in the world,” there was also going to be a weeklong treasure hunt, as well as “immersive” art and theater and informative discussions with “some of the brightest minds in the world.” The event was also widely promoted on social media by influencers who were paid over $2.25 million, including Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner — the latter of whom was paid $275,000 for a single post, according to the legal complaint.

While attendees were promised luxury accommodations and gourmet food, they instead were given FEMA disaster relief tents to stay in and were fed cheese sandwiches in Styrofoam containers. Instead of an epic festival, their time on the island was filled with “disorganization and chaos.” None of the musical guests performed, and the festival was canceled the morning after many ticket holders had already arrived.

This isn’t the first judgement issued against McFarland over the festival. In 2018, two North Carolina residents each obtained $1.5 million in compensatory damages, plus an additional $1 million in punitive damages, for a total award of $5 million after each spent about $13,000 on VIP packages, according to their attorney Stacy Miller. And in September, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of McFarland’s Fyre Media secured settlements regarding payments to artists such as Blink-182, Tyga, Pusha T and Major Lazer who had been scheduled to perform at the event, reclaiming some of the funds paid.

For his part, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison on Oct. 11, 2018 for fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud investors, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is currently being held in at a federal facility in Oklahoma City and is scheduled to be released Aug. 30, 2023.