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Island used to promote the Fyre Festival on sale for $11.8 million

Islets alongside the west coast of Exuma, Bahamas

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The island featured in promotional supplies for the notorious Fyre competition has been listed on the market for nearly $12 million.

Fyre Pageant, which passed off in 2017, was publicized as a high-end music competition within the Bahamas. It was put collectively by Fyre Media, which was co-founded by rapper Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland, however got here below fireplace for failing to ship the expertise that was promised.

Non-public island Saddle Again Cay was used within the promotional video for the competition, which featured supermodels together with Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner and was broadly distributed on social media. Though it was used to advertise Fyre Pageant, the 35-acre island that is up on the market is not the one that truly hosted the occasion.

Pitched to potential house owners as an “iconic private island,” Saddle Again Cay is listed at $11.eight million. Situated in Exuma, Bahamas, the island boasts seven seashores, a foremost home and several other smaller cottages, and “compelling views over one of the best seascapes in the world,” in response to the realtor itemizing.

Tickets to Fyre Pageant had been offered at as much as $49,000 per individual, with the costliest passes promising round-trip flights from Miami, performances from high-profile artists, backstage entry, and a dinner with a performer.

Nonetheless, competition goers had been left disenchanted when it turned out their “luxury” expertise consisted of pop-up tents, band cancellations and a scarcity of working bogs, with the non-public island ill-equipped to carry the occasion.

After the competition, organizers issued an apology on the occasion’s web site, saying: “Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests.”

In October, McFarland was sentenced to 6 years in jail for fraud and ordered to give up $26 million. Previous to his sentencing, a Manhattan federal choose referred to as the competition founder a “danger in a non-violent sense to the community.”

Netflix launched a documentary on Fyre Pageant earlier this 12 months.


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