In a beautiful testament to human nature, the colossal disaster that was Fyre Festival is still making the rounds today. It almost has to be said that when the disastrous consequences of the Festival don’t make headlines, it makes for a slow news day.
For those who aren’t familiar with the festival – a statement written extremely tentatively – the 2017 event was marketed on Instagram as the next Coachella. For lucky stars and the wealthy elite, it promised to be an opulent Bahamas getaway with yachts and luxury cabanas, celebrity-chef catering and the biggest headliners imaginable. With tickets ranging from $4,000 to $25,000 for a VIP package split between 12 people, it’s what you’d expect.
But for those who flocked to the island in the hope of seeing the biggest music stars perform, what they were greeted with was like something out of the Walking Dead. Disaster relief tents were there instead of cabanas, people were stealing mattresses to use as shelter, and the food was a flimsy piece of cheese on white bread. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Of course, attendees streamed it all on social media as those of us who watched the videos and scrolled through the posts from the warmth of our own homes could selfishly only laugh at the entertaining mess unfolding before our eyes.
After all of this went down, of course eyes then turned to organiser Billy McFarland as “Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs played in the background. McFarland, at just 26-years-old, was sentenced to six years in prison with the judge branding him a “serial fraudster” and ordering McFarland pay a $26 million fine.
But all of this seems to have done nothing to turn people away from owning a piece of history. The festival may have been a complete sham, but the island advertised in Fyre Festival’s infamous adverts does exist and could be yours if you’ve got a disposable income and some $11.8 million to spare. Currently on sale by Bahamas realtor HG Christie, the island is up for auction.
The private Caribbean island, which was touted as having been owned by Pablo Escobar, is in actuality the pristine Saddleback Cay – one of 365 islands located in the Bahamas chain known as the Exumas. Spanning 35 acres, with a protected bay and seven beaches, it’s basically perfect. No filter needed.
It should be said however, that while McFarland and Ja Rule may have held onto the claim that Pablo Escobar owned the island, that isn’t exactly true. Saddleback Cay was neither Escobar’s smuggling route, nor the final location of the festival itself, which ended up being held at Great Exuma.
That said, the disaster of Fyre Festival has done little to take the shine off the island. As listing agent John Christie suggests, it only seems to have served as some great publicity. “I actually had a buyer the next day after it [Fyre and Fyre Fraud documentaries] aired. They came down to check it out but it ended up not being right for them."
As Forbes notes however, the island may have a 500-square foot cottage and two bathrooms, but the “property is primarily for sale for the land, and would likely require development from any potential owners.”
Forbes also notes that despite the island being easily accessible by boat or by air from New Providence, it appears part of the reason it remains on the market is due to technical complications. “The current owners have the property wrapped into a company, and buying the island requires buying of the company as well.”