The chaos left McFarland fellow organizers battling a backlash and PR nightmare on social media. "My partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event. It was NOT A SCAM," the rapper tweeted on Friday. "I truly apologize as this was NOT MY FAULT... but I'm taking responsibility."
As Variety pointed out, the Bahamas might also sue them, with TMZ reporting that the Bahamas "stands to lose out on millions with the festival being called off."
Fyre Festival's site now boasts the organizers' 671-word explanation of what went wrong, contritely thanking the Bahamas and its Ministry of Tourism, while promising to fully refund all festival admissions and dole out VIP passes for next year's festival to anyone who purchased tickets this year.
"We decided to literally attempt to build a city," it explains, describing the festival's efforts to tackle waste management, transportation, and medical needs. "We thought we were ready, but then everyone arrived."