Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland issues public apology: ‘I made many wrong and immature decisions’

The promoter pleaded guilty to fraud earlier this year

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has issued a public apology after being sentenced to six years in prison last month.

McFarland, 26, was sentenced on multiple counts of fraud on October 11 – including for the shambolic festival in the Bahamas last year. Advertised as a ‘luxury’ music event featuring first-class accommodation, Fyre Festival quickly descended into a shambolic nightmare-like farce. In July, two attendees were awarded $5million in damages.

Now, the former promoter has issued a statement to People magazine, saying that he has “lived every day in prison with pain” over his actions.


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“I am incredibly sorry for my collective actions and will right the wrongs I have delivered to my family, friends, partners, associates and, you, the general public,” the statement reads.

“I’ve always sought—and dreamed—to accomplish incredible things by pushing the envelope to deliver for a common good, but I made many wrong and immature decisions along the way and I caused agony.

“As a result, I’ve lived every day in prison with pain, and I will continue to do so until I am able to make up for some of this harm through work and actions that society finds respectable.”

After pleading guilty to fraud earlier this year, the disgraced businessman said “I’m sorry” several times during last month’s hearing.

Ahead of the sentencing, McFarland’s legal team claimed that he had been diagnosed with untreated bipolar disorder, which prevents him from knowing right from wrong. For the purposes of leniency, the lawyers asked the judge for this to be taken into consideration. However, a reduction of the six-year sentence was refused.