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Lower Your Expectations: Satirical Fyre Festival Planned For Ocean Beach

Photo via Golden Gate National Recreation Area
By Shane Downing - Published on May 16, 2017.

A satirical gathering at Ocean Beach has been planned for Thursday to poke fun at the failed Fyre Festival, a concert series in the Bahamas that flopped in epic fashion at the end of April.

Targeted to people with money to burn (day tickets started at $1,500), organizer Billy McFarland promised Fyre Festival attendees a luxury experience on Great Exuma island in the Bahamas that featured big-name artists like Blink 182. 

Instead of being treated like VIPs, however, attendees were greeted with cheese sandwiches, half-constructed disaster tents, and cancellation notices from the musicians expected to perform.

Today, Fyre festival organizers are the target of seven different court cases, including a $100 million class-action lawsuit.

According to the San Francisco event’s satirical Facebook page, host Tom Ponsart (who has no affiliation with Fyre Media) is fictitiously collaborating with McFarland to host “a once-in-a-lifetime experience” at the newly renovated fire pits at Ocean Beach.

Although artists like Major Lazer, Blink 182 and Claptone were “invited,” no live music will be performed, and even though promises of Safeway chips and hotdogs were made, no food or beer will be provided. Festival organizers are not expecting Ja Rule to make an appearance.

The only thing “guaranteed” is a good time—kind of.

“At the advice of our legal counsel,” wrote Ponsart on Facebook, “in order to avoid any further legal repercussions we cannot guarantee good times, but you can!”

If you’re looking to “pay tribute to a man who has more lawsuits on his hands than Bill Cosby,” head to Ocean Beach on Thursday, from 6-10pm. 


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