CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The greatest party to never happen is back in the headlines after nearly two years of silence.
The Fyre Festival was supposed to take place in the Bahamas back in 2017. Within the last week two new documentaries take a behind the scenes look at the failed festival. One of them features a man from Charlotte.
“The first seven hours were amazing,” recalled Mitch Purgason about his trip to the Bahamas. He learned about the festival one day while scrolling on Instagram. He figured with the star power influencers who were promoting the event it seemed legitimate.
Purgason, 26, was on one of the first flights for the festival. He spent $1,200 on his ticket which included his flight, accommodations, live music and food and drink.
The first couple of hours were spent on the beach and Purgason calls it the perfect decoy. There were boats, a cabana area and people were having fun. When they left for the festival site he realized there was virtually no organization.
“They told me to go find a tent,” he explained.
Purgason says the workers stressed to stay. As a self-described optimist he tried to make the most of the situation by making some new friends. They grabbed speakers and listened to the artists they thought they were going to see live. Purgason and his friends eventually flew out around 2 a.m. Saturday.
The new documentaries are shining a light on what happened. Purgason is using his Instagram account to help some of the Bahamian workers.
“I’m not really the one who was a victim here. The people on the island including the woman who lost a lot of money are the victims,” he said.
While Purgason is part of a class action lawsuit he doesn’t expect to get his money back but does say what happened serves as a reminder to be careful of what you see on social media.
“Always be skeptical of huge promises in terms of entertainment. Usually it’s almost impossible to follow through on,” he said.
The promoter for the Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland, is serving a six-year prison sentence. A federal judge called McFarland a “serial fraudster.”