Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000

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Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000Fyre Festival Lord Of The Flies

With the new year came two visceral documentaries on the Fyre Festival disaster from streaming titans Hulu and Netflix. Both explored the chaos leading up to the event, and just how far Billy McFarland had gone in scamming and defrauding investors, staff, and fans alike.

Netflix’s documentary focused more on the business angle, taking an in-depth look at local Bahamian businesses that were left unpaid by McFarland and his team. One story in particular was heartbreaking: Maryann Rolle, chef and owner of a catering business on St. Martin. “Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place,” she began on her GoFundMe page. Following Fyre’s downfall, she felt compelled to pay the employees under her and drained her entire life savings of $50k to do so. Her credit was also ruined amid the scandal.

Luckily, the public has risen to the occasion. The fundraiser has since raised upwards of $135k as of press time, restoring her savings and other damages caused to her and her business. Ja Rule also reached out to her on Instagram, voicing his heartbreak over the situation. The rapper, who at one point called himself a co-founder of the festival, also claimed he’d been “bamboozled and lead astray” by McFarland and company.


H/T: Rolling Stone

Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000

This post was originally published on this site

Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000Fyre Festival Lord Of The Flies

With the new year came two visceral documentaries on the Fyre Festival disaster from streaming titans Hulu and Netflix. Both explored the chaos leading up to the event, and just how far Billy McFarland had gone in scamming and defrauding investors, staff, and fans alike.

Netflix’s documentary focused more on the business angle, taking an in-depth look at local Bahamian businesses that were left unpaid by McFarland and his team. One story in particular was heartbreaking: Maryann Rolle, chef and owner of a catering business on St. Martin. “Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place,” she began on her GoFundMe page. Following Fyre’s downfall, she felt compelled to pay the employees under her and drained her entire life savings of $50k to do so. Her credit was also ruined amid the scandal.

Luckily, the public has risen to the occasion. The fundraiser has since raised upwards of $135k as of press time, restoring her savings and other damages caused to her and her business. Ja Rule also reached out to her on Instagram, voicing his heartbreak over the situation. The rapper, who at one point called himself a co-founder of the festival, also claimed he’d been “bamboozled and lead astray” by McFarland and company.


H/T: Rolling Stone

SXM unveils second round of artists

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SXM unveils second round of artistsSM 2018

One of the world’s premier destination festivals in St. Martin dropped the second round of musical acts for its 2019 festival. The second wave of artists are global leaders in electronic music, including the imitable Ricardo Villalobos, techno queen and king Nicole Moudaber and John Acquaviva, Oxia, Rebolledo for those psychedelic vibes, M.A.N.D.Y, Shaun Reeves, Sonja Moonear, and one of modern rave’s most celebrated duos, Blond:ish.

Tickets are already flying after an epic first phase lineup announcement, and with the festival date rapidly approaching, it would be wise to pick one up before they sell out. SXM Festival has a reputation of being one of the most immersive festivals on the planet in an unmatched setting. The festival utilizes St. Martin’s unique infrastructure with cliff-top villas, nightclubs, and stunning beaches. After Hurricane Irma tested the island in 2017, the festival is more ready than ever to work with the resilient community to curate an experience unlike anything in the world.

 

SXM unveils second round of artistsSm Phase 2

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FriendShip to set sail again in 2020

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FriendShip to set sail again in 2020Friendship Cruise Credit Jake Pierce

After embarking on a memorable maiden voyage in late 2018, FriendShip is set to sail the seas again in early 2020.

In a New Year’s Eve Instagram post, the festival shared the exciting news that FriendShip would be returning January 6-10, 2020. The Instagram post noted that “everyone on the Maiden Voyage will have first dibs” and promised “more details to follow soon.”

The inaugural edition in December 2018 boasted a lineup including RÜFÜS DU SOL, Boys Noize, Dixon, Claptone, and countless others during its sail from Miami to the Bahamas’ CocoCay. Despite a brief return to port after a medical emergency on the day it set sail, the new floating festival venture from Destructo had fans clamoring for spots on the ship, with more than 1,400 cabins selling out in less than 48 hours after going on sale.

Keep an eye on the FriendShip website here.

Photo credit: Jake Pierce

H/T: Billboard

SXM announces phase one lineup for 2019 return

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SXM announces phase one lineup for 2019 returnOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 05 01 2018 0252

SXM Festival has a roller coaster of a year that has ended in triumphant success. Hurricane Irma ravaged its home of Saint Martin in 2017, leading to cancellation of its third edition. Regardless, the community or the event wouldn’t be let down, with both teaming up to repair the damaged caused by the storm and bring things back to normalcy. Now, SXM is returning for what’s looking to be a top make-up edition.

The billing for 2019 contains a nice slate of top talent so far, with Dubfire, Marco Carola, and Guy Gerber topping the list. They’ll be joined by other top talents as well, including Enzo Siragusa, Kora, Viken Arman, Apollonia, and more. Tickets are now on sale; grab them here, and watch this space as more names get released.

 

SXM announces phase one lineup for 2019 returnSM Fest Phase 1 Lineup


Photo credit: Pablo Murillo

Gary Richards’s Friendship music cruise is hosting a four-person cabin giveaway [Enter Here]

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Gary Richards’s Friendship music cruise is hosting a four-person cabin giveaway [Enter Here]Friendship Music Cruise 1

HARD Events (HARD Summer, Holy Ship!) founder, Gary Richards is extending an invite to his sea-bound get together, the Frienship Music Cruise, consisting of merely a few thousand of his closest friends. One lucky winner will secure a four-person cabin aboard the awe-inspiring, amenity-filled Celebrity Equinox cruise ship.

Organized by Richards’s new AMFAMFAMF event brand, the cruise will sail from Miami to the Bahamas December 11-15. Lining the walls of the party-prepared vessel will be alluring acts from all ends of the electronic continuum, from Rüfüs Du Sol to Boys Noize to Anna Lunoe, to Destructo (Richards) himself. The giveaway is running through October 1. So for those seeking to indulge their penchant for warm-weather inside broad sonic landscapes and stave off stark winter woes aboard one of the most luxurious cruise ships on the planet, the Friendship Cruise has the answer.

Enter to win here. For more info on the festival itself, head here.

Holy Ship! Announces 2019 Lineups

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The world’s best party at sea returns for two sailings on January 5-9, and 9-12 aboard the Norwegian Epic. A collaboration between HARD Events, Cloud 9 Adventures, and The Bowery Presents, Holy Ship! returns to the seas for yet another music-packed voyage. Today, the electronic music cruise announced their highly anticipated 2019 lineups for each

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