Netflix documentary Fyre tells the story of what it claims to be “the greatest party that never happened”, a so-called “luxury music festival” in the Caribbean organised by Fyre music app CEO Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule.
Everything about the event was a disaster, and resulted in a six-year jail sentence for McFarland. Fyre explores how the implosion happened, who was culpable, and why anyone bought into it all in the first place.
Where can I watch Fyre?
Fyre is a Netflix original documentary and is available to watch on the streaming service.
What is Fyre about?
In December 2016, some of Instagram’s biggest influencers, including Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, posted a video showing famous models like Bella Hadid on a tropical beach. As it would turn out, the influencers were paid by Fyre to advertise the festival, which charged attendees anywhere from $500 for a day pass to VIP packages worth over $10,000. Ticketholders were promised luxury villas, gourmet food and a slate of celebrity guests and major musical acts.
None of that happened.
Fyre, directed by Sundance winner Chris Smith (American Movie), documents the trajectory of the ill-fated festival and its fallout, asking viewers to consider how social media, celebrity, privilege and performance all played a part in the now-infamous debacle.
How many episodes of Fyre are there?
Fyre is a stand-alone documentary with a run time of approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
What can I read/watch next?
Disgraced Fyre CEO Billy McFarland has said he plans to write a memoir about his experience while he is serving his sentence.
If you’re interested in stories of lies and deceit, you might be interested in watching the Golden Globe nominated docu-drama miniseries Dirty John, also available on Netflix.
Based on a true story, the series chronicles the web of lies crafted by career con-man John Meehan, and the harrowing tale of the family he ensnared with his lies and manipulation.