Billy McFarland, a year out of prison, says Fyre Festival II is ‘finally happening’
- Billy McFarland, creator of the failed Fyre Festival, teased a possible resurgence of the event.
- In a tweet Sunday, McFarland asked Twitter users why they should be invited to “Fyre Festival II.”
- McFarland has been out of prison for a year after being released early from a six-year sentence.
Billy McFarland, the creator behind the failed Fyre Festival, is floating the idea of a possible follow-up.
“Fyre Festival II is finally happening,” McFarland said in a tweet on Sunday.
He also asked Twitter users to let him know why they deserved an invite.
—Billy McFarland (@pyrtbilly) April 10, 2023
McFarland hasn’t revealed any further details about a potential follow-up to Fyre Festival, and didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for additional comment ahead of publication.
But he has been active in the replies to his tweet about the follow-up festival, replying to tech cofounder Chris Bakke, who tweeted out a screenshot appearing to show the Fyre Festival creator personally inviting him to “Fyre Fest II.” Bakke didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on whether McFarland discussed any further details over text.
“Going to crush the island version first, but @ElonMusk Fyre 3 definitely needs to be in space,” McFarland replied on Twitter.
McFarland has been out of prison for a year now
Last March, McFarland was released early from his six-year prison sentence, following his guilty plea to charges of wire fraud and a forfeiture order of $26 million after being accused of defrauding more than 100 investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival.
—Billy McFarland (@pyrtbilly) March 26, 2023
The exclusive festival, which was canceled after one day, charged thousands of dollars for tickets, and ran marketing campaigns that touted luxury offerings, musical performances, and featured promotions from celebrities, including Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid.
But when guests arrived at the festival’s Bahamas destination, viral social media posts showed a festival that was outfitted with disaster relief tents and pre-packaged sandwiches. Since then, the aftermath of the event has spawned two documentaries from Netflix and Hulu, the latter of which McFarland participated in.
While McFarland agreed, as part of his plea deal, to never serve as a director of a public company again, he has spoken about his ambitions to work in the tech industry.
Shortly after his release from serving four years in prison, McFarland announced his next startup, PYRT, on the “Full Send Podcast” last November. He told the podcast hosts PYRT would include a hotel, events, “treasure hunts,” and merch.
The tweet from Sunday isn’t the first time McFarland’s alluded to undertaking another festival. On the podcast from November, McFarland also mentioned a possible PYRT fest.
“So I have to do a PYRT fest, right? It can’t be tomorrow, it can’t be in four months, but there’s going to be PYRT fest,” McFarland told the “Full Send” podcast hosts.