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Lawsuit: Fyre music festival, ‘once-in-a-lifetime musical experience,' left attendees stranded

Organizer Ja Rule: 'It's not my fault'
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Posted at 8:54 AM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 09:18:47-04

Festival attendees who had hoped for a luxury musical festival in the Bahamas this weekend got something much different.

Instead of lodges, festival-goers found white tents with mattresses, and some say they went hours without food or water, ABC News reported.

Daniel Jung, a festival attendee, filed a $100 million proposed class-action lawsuit on Sunday, accusing the Fyre Festival and its organizers of fraud. The lawsuit alleges the music festival's "lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees—suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions." 

The island nation’s tourism office called the situation "total disorganization and chaos." Fyre Festival, which was co-created by rapper Ja Rule, posted a statement on their website Monday: "Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas.

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."

Social media flooded with photos and posts from unhappy ticket buyers. Some nixed #fyrefestival for a new hashtag, #dumpsterfyre.

Festival organizers worked to get attendees still on the island on complimentary charter flights back to Miami, Florida.

One attendee, Hallie Wilson, spoke with ABC News after she landed in Miami.

The experience, she said, was "pretty scary."

"You couldn't leave the tent because someone would steal it, not everyone [had a] place to sleep," she explained of the accommodations. "I had a friend, she had her phone stolen."

A representative at the Gregory Town Police Station on the island where the festival was held told ABC News that they do not yet have any reports of theft from the attendees.

The festival lineup was scheduled to include high-profile acts like Ja Rule, Daya and Tyga. Requests for comment from their respective representatives were not immediately returned to ABC News.

In its promotional video, Fyre festival promised “the best in food, art, music and adventure” on an island “once owned by Pablo Escobar.”

Festival-goer Trevor DeHass told ABC News he was worried from the moment he and his friends landed on the island of Great Exuma Thursday night.

For dinner that night, DeHass and his friends were served two slices of bread, a piece of cheese and a small salad, he said.

Fyre Festival ticket packages cost up to thousands of dollars, with some starting at $4,395 per person. Festival organizers said in a statement that attendees would be refunded in full, and they hope to try the festival again next year at a U.S. beach.