Two weeks out: To save money, Billy McFarland fires Starr Catering, which had a $6 million contract to provide food services for the entire festival. McFarland asks one of his senior organizers to find another company to provide food for 6,000 attendees with two weeks to go on a budget of $1 million. LOL.
Date unknown: Arguably the best story in a documentary chock-full of disaster stories arrives about halfway through the film's run time. "We had four 18-wheeler trucks filled with Evian water," event producer Andy King reveals to the filmmakers. King is out of town when the water arrived, and customs is holding it hostage. Keep in mind they shipped in all the water because there wasn't any potable water-or any infrastructure-at their chosen site. "Customs had said to Billy and the gang, 'You need to pay us $175,000 in cash today if you want us to release the water."
McFarland calls King, whom he deemed their "gay leader," and asks if he would "suck dick to fix this water problem." He is asked to take one for the team in order to save the festival. King drives home, showers, drinks some mouth wash and drives across the island "fully prepared to suck his dick." Luckily, he didn't have to and customs released the water under the pretext that they will be paid first once they received money.
April 27: The day before the festival is scheduled to start, Blink-182 pulls out, explaining on Twitter that "we wouldn’t have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans."
To recap: The headline act is out. People who purchased tickets are stuck on cramped, commercial flights hurtling toward what they don't yet know will be a cheese sandwich-catered catastrophe. The FEMA tents they'll be put up in are soaking wet due to rain and there are not enough places to house all of the confirmed attendees.
April 28: When guests arrive, according to Fyre, they were rerouted to a local restaurant. In one of the most heartbreaking moments of the documentary, MaryAnn Rolle—the owner of a local Great Exuma restaurant who was contracted to provide food—tells of how she had to front $50,000 of her own savings after Fyre refused to pay her workers after fleeing the island. They left the locals high and dry. (Someone please start up a GoFundMe for MaryAnn).
The Fyre Festival was canceled. Billy McFarland is now serving six years in prison and was ordered to pay $26 million of restitution. The next Fyre Festival has just been announced: It will be held on Riker's Island. Get your tickets before they sell out.