Fyre Festival, the luxury music festival in the Bahamas that descended into chaos and logistical confusion on Thursday, has caught much of the internet’s attention. The schadenfreude started on Twitter, when scores of millennials expecting a luxurious weekend in the tropics arrived at a site littered with disaster-relief tents and garbage. There was limited security, no hotel lodgings and mass confusion. Headliners Blink-182, Major Lazer and Disclosure canceled their sets after failing to receive payment.
And according to a report in Motherboard, festival organizers knew that Fyre was destined to be a mess, so they told their staff not to attend. Fyre staffers flew from New York to Miami this week, but were told to stay in Florida, instead of journeying to the festival grounds in Exuma, Bahamas: “We’re all getting ready to go to the Bahamas, and one of these new girls calls me on my cell phone and says, ‘Hey, don’t even bother, there’s no accommodations for you guys and you’ll be in a bad situation.’ So, we didn’t even go to the Bahamas, we just stayed in Miami,” an employee said.