Billy McFarland announces Fyre Festival II is officially happening
A new chapter in Fyre Festival's story is coming.
Event organizer Billy McFarland announced on April 9 that the infamous music festival is making a return.
"Fyre Festival II is finally happening," McFarland wrote on Twitter. "Tell me why you should be invited."
As a refresher, in April 2017, McFarland and Ja Rule's co-founded Fyre Festival, which was marketed as a luxurious music event in the Bahamas, became globally famous for all the wrong reasons when festival-goers reported fights over food, robberies, "refugee camp" conditions and difficulties obtaining flights back to the United States.
After the festival's flop, McFarland was arrested and charged for his alleged "connection with a scheme to defraud investors" with his company Fyre Media LLC, prosecutors said at the time, and "a related entity responsible for organizing a music festival."
He later pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud and was sentenced to six years in prison, which he served in part before being released early to a halfway house. He was also ordered to pay investors, vendors and concertgoers $26 million in restitution.