Fyre Festival to auction merchandise to cover legal costs

Urine-soaked mattress, anyone?

Fyre Festival merchandise is to be sold at auction in order to raise funds to cover the failed event’s legal costs.

The Manhattan US Attorney’s Office has reportedly decided to auction off official merchandise from the 2017 festival in a bid to pay back its punters. Reports say there is an estimated $26 million in damages to payout.

A United States Marshals spokesperson said: “We have an assortment of the ‘real thing’ Fyre Festival-branded tee-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, wristbands and medallions” [via HotNewHipHop].

“We know that there is tremendous interest in these items in the NY metro area in particular….Our objective always is to get the funds back to the victims as fast as we can in cases where there are victims,” he said.

Fyre Festival was cancelled shortly after its launch in 2017 due to a number of inadequacies including the fact that festival-goers were left without running water when they arrived on site.

In some cases, attendees paid $4,000 per ticket to the ‘luxury’ festival, which co-founder Billy McFarland organised with the help of celebrity investors including Ja Rule. McFarland was sentenced to a six-year jail term in October 2018 on multiple counts of fraud.

McFarland’s failed dream was recently the subject of two documentaries on Netflix and Hulu, which between them detailed the festival’s disastrous journey and featured interviews with various Fyre employees.