The private island in the Bahamas used to promote the infamous Fyre Festival, luring in thousands of eager concertgoers in 2017, is now up-for-grabs.
Interested buyers can snatch up the 47-acre island for a whopping $11.8 million. Locally, the island is known as Saddleback Cay, and while Fyre Fest didn’t actually take place on the island, it was used for promotional purposes to initially heighten interest, realtor John Christie told Q13 Fox. During videos shared on Fyre Fest social media accounts in early 2017, models like Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and Bella Hadid were seen on the island, promoting a luxury getaway.
However, everyone now knows that this island, the models, and the billed “getaway” were all a facade, as founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule scammed thousands of millennials. When attendees actually showed up to the festival, it was an entirely different island offering boxed lunches, hurricane tents, and no music — a stark difference from the original chef cuisine, luxury villas, and A-list lineup the duo originally promoted.
McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison this year for defrauding investors and ticket vendors out of $26 million. He is also facing a string of lawsuits from festivalgoers. Netflix and Hulu both released documentaries earlier this year, outlining the incredible build-up to the failed festival that caught the attention of people across the globe. Right after the documentaries aired, Christie said he started receiving calls from individuals interested in purchasing the island, which is only accessible by boat or air from New Providence.
Last Updated on July 3, 2019 by Olivia Perreault