The 2017 Fyre Festival was, well, a dumpster fire and not really a festival at all. Pitched as an exclusive luxury music festival in the Bahamas co-organised by Ja Rule and hyped up by influencers like Kendall Jenner, the event turned out to be no more than a collection of disaster tents and sad cheese sandwiches.
Even if you weren’t one of the unlucky attendees, you can pretend like you were there: a wide range of Fyre Festival-branded gear is up for auction between now and August 13.
This isn’t your average eBay action, either. The 126 items up for grabs are currently being held by the U.S. Marshals Service, which seized them from festival founder Billy McFarland before he went on trial for fraud. McFarland is in prison until 2023.
The official Fyre Festival merch includes wristbands, tokens and clothing (hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.). Head on over to auction site Gaston & Sheehan to see what’s available. You can browse freely, but you will have to create an account to place a bid.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the auction proceeds will go to the victims of the Fyre Festival fraud, though they won’t make up for much. Items start at anywhere from $7 to $90. Meanwhile, McFarland reportedly conned investors out of $US26 ($36) million, and festival attendees paid anywhere from $US450 ($630) to $US250,000 ($349,875) for the non-existent event.
If you missed out on the Fyre disaster and want to see what all the hype was about, there are documentaries about the event: “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” on Netflix and “Fyre Fraud” on Hulu. (Aussie users will need a VPN to access the latter.)