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A Music Festival Inside an A-List Island Getaway

One of the minds behind Fyre Festival shares details behind this summer’s hottest ticket

Fyre Festival, a new high-end music festival located in the Bahamas, has been hailed as the summer hotspot to which “all the supermodels are flocking” by Vogue, and the “Rich girl island fest that’s cooler than Coachella” by Guest of a Guest. But with ticket prices ranging from $1,500 to $250,000, what really makes this destination festival worth the trip?

Beginning with a chartered flight from Miami on a custom Boeing 737, the event will take place over the course of two weekends (April 28-30 and May 5–7) in Exumas, a pristine cluster of islands known for the swimming pigs at Big Major Cay. Upon arrival, attendees will experience a fusion of luxury offerings, from private yacht tours to exclusive culinary experiences and a treasure hunt, and hear music from a genre-defying lineup that includes Blink-182, Migos and Disclosure.

Courtesy of Fyre Festival

“It all started out with a vision,” says Fyre Festival’s Chief Marketing Officer Grant Margolin. “[We wanted to create] a destination-based festival that’s focused on more than just music. It’s really about unplugging from the world and disconnecting from everything else.”  Margolin explains that when co-founder Billy McFarland (the tech entrepreneur also behind the Magnises black card) eventually connected with Ja Rule (yes, that Ja Rule), the match was kismet. “It was this great pairing of synergy,“ explains Margolin. “[Given] Ja Rule’s access and knowledge of the industry, and Billy’s technical and entrepreneurial background, they have this ability to connect people from different industries.”

Concept Sketch Courtesy of Fyre Festival

Given the founders’ access to exclusive networks, it’s no surprise that the guest-list is a significant factor in Fyre’s draw. Supermodels like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Lais Ribeiro are expected to attend, giving a whole new meaning to the term “V.I.P.”

A-list aside though, the best part of Fyre won’t actually cost anything at all. In the midst of an event saturated by the smallest details in luxury, Fyre, as any good host, knows the importance of good quality service. “Everything that we’re doing,” Margolin says, “[from] the attention to detail and the way that we’re seeing it is quite awesome. We don’t think of it in terms of ‘set times.’ We think of this as an entire experience.”

*Update: On the event’s first day, festival headliner Blink-182 announced they would not be performing saying “we’re not confident that we would have what we need” for a proper show. Attendees both on the island as well as those en route have also sent out social messages alluding to poor conditions and cancelled flights to and from Exumas.

Main Image: Courtesy of Fyre Festival