Other Promoters Watching The Fallout From This Big Bahamas Bust
The wheels started coming off the Fyre Festival before the first plane landed in the Bahamas.
Like any disaster, it was not one thing that led to it but a series of missteps, chief among them was that it had rookie promoters, with one admitting to the New York Times “we were in over our heads.”
In a way, it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for those who bought tickets – after all, they were lured in by false promises through social media and what music festival is really worth spending $10K or more on for a single weekend anyway? – but it could actually turn out to be a good thing for people going to other music festivals.
This is because there could be a ripple-down affect and you can bet promoters of other festivals are nervously checking their cell phones for posts and reactions on social media on Fyre Festival and other events.
The end result is that it could wind up really helping fans going to those festivals.
Let’s face it; the mega music festivals that are now commonplace across America and even into Canada are just too danged expensive. Tickets are $300 and up for a single day, meaning your likely spending around $1,000 for a weekend.
People are shelling out that kind of money so promoters keep putting them on (and who can blame them?) but the Frye Festival’s total breakdowns in delivering far less than it promised could have people pumping the brakes when considering other festivals.
It’s easy to picture people going on social media and asking friends “they say they have this and that, lots of restrooms, places for shade and good food, but what if it’s like the Frye Festival?”
People start not to go to the festivals, attendance goes down, promoters start to panic and then lower the prices. Maybe some quit booking the really big bands and save money – and reduce ticket prices – by having popular but less top-star acts.
Maybe the promoters will start to realize that what people want is to party, be outside and meet other people or hang out with their friends in a festive environment. In many cases, the bands are just the background music. Promoters often don’t need A-listers to attract a crowd.
And when prices go down, it opens the festival up to more people who are there for the experience rather than so many bands on so many stages with huge names ending the night, where you have to stand so far back anyway you can’t even see them on the stage.
Then again, promoters tend to be a bit greedy and maybe they won’t change until something comes up and bites them in the ass.
Like it did at the Fyre Festival.