Fyre festival: Organisers face $100 million lawsuit after 'luxury' event cancelled amid chaos

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Rapper Ja Rule , one of the festival's organisers, apologised on Twitter: Getty Images for Barstool Sports

A luxury music festival in the Bahamas which was cancelled after descending into chaos is now facing a $100 million lawsuit.

The much-hyped Fyre Festival, on the private Exuma islands, was called off at the last minute on Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands on tickets and travel.

Would-be revellers took to social media to share images of meagre meals and luggage being dumped on to the island en masse in the dark.

Disorganisation and a lack of water and security were also major complaints as attendees vied to escape the island.

Blink 182, one of the acts billed to perform at the festival, cancelled their appearance after “careful and difficult consideration”.

A lawsuit seeking $100 million (£78 million) in damages has now been filed against the festival’s organisers.

According to Buzzfeed, it was filed by Daniel Jung in the US District Court for the Central District of California "on behalf of all ticket buyers and festival attendees defrauded and wronged.”

Mr Jung is after damages for the initial cost of his festival tickets and airfare, the emergency travel and the "the significant emotional pain and suffering from being stranded in a foreign country."

The lawsuit goes on to claim "the festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees—suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions—that was closer to 'The Hunger Games' or 'Lord of the Flies' than Coachella."

In a statement, organisers have cited "circumstances out of our control" for their inability to prepare the "physical infrastructure" for the event in the largely undeveloped Exumas.

Rapper Ja Rule, who was part of a partnership behind the festival, said on Twitter: "I'm heartbroken at this moment; I wanted this to be an amazing event. It was not a scam as everyone is reporting.

“I don't know how everything went so left but I'm working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded.”

Organisers had relied on models and other minor celebrities to heavily promote the festival as a glitzy destination event. It was unclear from the website if the second weekend would also be cancelled.

The Bahamas tourism ministry had expected it to be one of the largest such events ever held in the island chain east of Florida.

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