It was the most lit of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of millennials, it was the age of influencers; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of Instagram. My name is Seth and I attended Fyre Festival.
The Fyre Festival was supposed to be a luxurious music festival for elite millennials, held on a private island once owned by Pablo Escobar. Tickets ranged from $5,000 to $250,000, and they sold out in the first 48 hours. Hundreds of people made their way to the Bahamas.
No, he never went through with it, but that's how desperate things were behind-the-scenes in the weeks leading up to Fyre Fest, the April 2017 music festival that will go down in the history books as the epitome of an epic fail.
How did 2017's Ja Rule-backed, Bella Hadid-endorsed festival go so spectacularly wrong? A new Netflix documentary chases some unanswered questions
Two documentaries examining 2017's Fyre Festival debacle release on competing streaming sites this week, and a Raleigh native who gained attention on social media for chronicling the mess from the front lines - and who later won part of a $5 million dollar lawsuit against the event organizer - is prominently featured in both.
By the time the talking heads that populate Hulu's Fyre Fraud documentary (and I'm using that designation loosely) start explaining what FOMO and influencers are in basic terms about midway through, anyone who's been paying attention to, oh, culture in the past 10 years has to wonder who exactly this thing is for.