These photos reveal why the 27-year-old organizer of the disastrous Fyre Festival has been sentenced to 6 years in prison

Alessandra Ambrosio was featured in the festival's promo video.

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Alessandra Ambrosio was featured in the festival’s promo video.
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  • Two hotly anticipated TV shows documenting the wild Fyre Festival saga begin streaming this week. Hulu’s version debuted on Monday, while Netflix’s followed just a few days later.
  • Billy McFarland, the organizer of the festival, was sentenced to six years in prison in October and ordered to forfeit $26 million.
  • McFarland pleaded guilty in March 2018 to wire-fraud charges in relation to Fyre Festival, which became infamous after hundreds of attendees were left stranded in the Bahamas last year.
  • In June 2018, McFarland was arrested again on charges of selling fake tickets through a different company, called NYC VIP Access, starting in late 2017. He pleaded guilty to those charges in July.
  • Here’s a look back at what happened at Fyre Festival.

After much anticipation, two documentaries that give a behind-the-scenes look into 2017’s hellish Fyre Festival will finally air on our screens.

Hulu’s version launched on Monday, and Netflix’s followed just a few days later.

Billy McFarland, the 27-year-old founder of the company behind the festival, was sentenced to six years in prison in October and faces a $26 million forfeiture order. He is featured in an exclusive interview in the Hulu documentary.

Read more: Fyre Festival founder sentenced to 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors out of millions of dollars in various ticketing schemes

Fyre Festival, which promised a VIP experience on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas, turned into a nightmare situation as attendees were stranded with half-built huts to sleep in and cold cheese sandwiches to eat.

Here’s what happened:


The three-day party was supposed to be on a private beach on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

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It was supposed to be over two weekends in 2017: April 28-30 and May 5-7.

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It was described as an “immersive music festival.”

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A host of supermodels had promoted it on social media, including Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid.

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Guests expected to party on white-sand beaches.

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But when they turned up, it didn’t look anything like the advertisements.


Fans were expecting to see Blink-182 perform.

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But the band dropped out before the festival started.


Festivalgoers were promised luxury, eco-friendly domes and villas to stay in that were included in the ticket prices. But one guest described it as a "disaster tent city."


Some of the tents hadn't been put up.


Instead of partying on the beach with friends ...

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... guests were trying to fly back to Miami.

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But for some, that wasn't possible, and they ended up stranded in the airport.

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One guest said she was kept in a room without food or water, waiting for a flight to take off. She said a person fainted because the conditions were so bad.