You Can Now Own A Piece Of Millennial History With Fyre Festival Merch
We’ve seen the documentaries and the countless photos to know that Fyre Festival was an abso-lute disaster. Doomed from the start, the festival was marketed as a luxury escape, one that would see those with hefty bank accounts able to party with models and celebrities.
Tickets sold instantly, with thanks to social media’s biggest influencers, as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski fronting the campaign. But when festival-goers flocked to the Bahamas in their thousands, not only were they presented with a bleak landscape punctuated by disaster-relief tents, the 5-star meals they were promised turned out to be a slice of bread and cheese.
But despite the hilarity that was the festival’s downfall, and the not-so-comedic ventures of Billy McFarland, festival organiser who also turned out to be a “serial fraudster”, there is something to come out of it: the merchandise.
Two boxes worth of authentic Fyre Festival merch, including T-shirts and shorts, will be auctioned to help pay back some $26 million that McFarland owes to people he cheated.
“We have an assortment of the ‘real thing’ Fyre Festival-branded tee-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, wristbands and medallions,” a spokesman for the United States Marshals Service’s Manhattan Office told Vulture. “We know that there is tremendous interest in these items in the NY metro area in particular.”
McFarland has since been sentenced to six years in federal lockup for orchestrating the massive scam, along with running a ticket hustle while waiting to be sentenced for Fyre. Having scammed Fyre investors out of some $24 million, and a ticket vendor out of close to $2 million, McFarland now has to cough up proceeds from his crimes.
However, the United States has been unable to locate, obtain and even collect additional assets traceable to the proceeds of his offence. Or at least that was the case until the two boxes of merchandise was located.
McFarland’s defence lawyer turned over the boxes shortly after the sentencing. The clothes have been inventoried and appraised, “to protect the government in case the items are fake or counterfeit,” the Marshals spokesman said.
They will now be disposed or sold in the most “efficient, cost-effective way in the best interests of the U.S. Government. We utilise our contracted partners to handle the marketing and sale and it will be an online auction.”
Once the apparel is sold online, the government will distribute money form the sale back to the victims. However, as the proceeds from the merchandise won’t cover everything McFarland owes to victims, they will get a percentage based on their respective losses.
As of yet, no date for the auction has been set and sadly, photos of the gear aren’t available but will be posted for the auction in the near future. Sure, the Festival was a disaster but there’s no denying that to own some of this merchandise is to own a slice of millennial history.