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Which Fyre Festival Documentary is Better? Netflix or Hulu? | 2 Sides to every Story | Evan Reviews Everything

If somehow you missed the fiasco which was Fyre Festival when it originally happened back in 2007, I’m sure you have heard about it more in great detail this past week with the release of 2 documentaries, a Netflix Documentary called “Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened” and a Hulu Documentary called “Fyre Fruad”.

We all had a laugh at rich millennial’s expense back in 2007 when they quickly realized their THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS luxurious getaway to Pablo’s Oscobar’s island for fine cuisine and top of the line musical performances with beautiful models and influencers was actually a SCAM. It was a huge cultural moment and dominated the social feeds with countless viral videos, pictures, and memes all poking fun at the “poor” rich kids.

As a festival goer I could perhaps feel bad for some of these people, but to me, these are the same kind of people(for the most part) that go to Coachella, because its fucking Coachella, they don’t go for the experience or music, they just want an instagram picture there and to be able to say they were there.

That being said, there are a lot of people to feel sorry for in this story. The locals of Exuma Point that were never paid, Fyre Fest staff never paid, Maryann Rolle who spent 50,000 of her personal savings to cater to the attendees and staff, Fyre Media Staff left with debt on personal cards, investors being lied to and losing millions and countless more.

So which one would I say is better and recommend?

Well both. For different reasons. I think you should watch both to get both perspectives.

The Netflix Documentary
  • Features alot of exclusive behind the scenes footage of the early stages of shitty planning leading up to the epic failure of Fyre.
  • Includes interviews from previous Fyre Team Members and people from Exuma Point that were directly affected.
  • The build up of hype for the influencers just to see that change so quickly is priceless
The Hulu Documentary
  • Goes more into depth about the leading up to Fyre Fest, as well as an interesting look at financial specifics in which Billy was committing criminal offenses.
  • Includes interviews from an (ex) Jerry Media Employee that is quite a revealing look into the Media Company’s role in all of this, as well an interview from previous employees of Billy Macfarland, as well as an interview from Billy Macfarland himself.
  • With the Interview from Billy, he is asked some real legitimate questions about the fraud he was committing and the look on his face/delayed response really expose this POS as a pathological liar.
  • This documentary call’s Jerry Media out for their involvement, the statements made by the ex-employee paint a different picture than that painted by Jerry Media in the Netflix Doc(I wonder why? See below)

Things I don’t like about these Documentaries

The Netflix Documentary
  • This documentary was produced by Jerry Media, and while they don’t paint themselves to be saints, they try to neglect some of the responsibility by putting it on the Fyre Team.
The Hulu Documentary
  • Hulu paid Billy Macfarland for his interview.

My final thoughts on Billy,

He is not remorseful and he doesn’t see anything wrong in the things he has done. Doods a POS. The whole thing was a scam from the get go. And he knew it.

the worst thing about these fyre fest documentaries is that the very scammers responsible for Fyre Fest are profiting from them.

#FUCKfuckjerry

Its all very interesting from a marketing stand point. The whole story is a testament to how powerful influencer marketing really is.

I wonder how many brands will want to partner with Jerry Media after this. In the netflix doc (that they produced) they laid it all on the FYRE team, which when i watched at first I believed them because i have had clients like they were describing the Fyre team to be.

Then after watching Hulu’s it became apparent that they knew much more than they led on in their doc.

If my agency was marketing something like this and we started to figure out what was going on/being asked to filter negative comments, I would have backed out and told the public exactly why.

They were posting up until the day of… trust me those fuckers knew, they should have did what was right but it seems like they thought they were going to be the exception when it came to getting paid. Which they weren’t, so now they can play victim too! oh and they can also donate to the go fund me page to try and save some face.

if they really felt that bad, why not reach out with that money to that lady sooner, why wait almost 2 years untill 2 documentaries make you look bad to give her back what is hers?

I bet if these documentaries were never made, they would have NEVER gave that woman money back.

The netflix documentary and them donating that money is PR STUNT, their way of saving face.

i would recommend watching both for different reasons though, each one features exclusive interviews, and you can better compare the conflicting talking points, and watching both gives you better insight over the whole story.

Just so crazy that something like this could happen the way it did. The power of influencer marketing is astounding.

https://escapingfinlandia.com/2019/01/21/which-fyre-festival-documentary-is-better-netflix-or-hulu-2-sides-to-every-story-evan-reviews-everything/

So, Whats the take away?

The power of influencer marketing. Im a digital marketer so you know I was gonna go there! But seriously, how could they pull something like this off!? Well, all they had to do was make a bunch of influencers believe it was real and post about it. Thats about it lmao.

There is a GoFundMe for the lady who spent her life savings catering for the Staff and attendees.
https://www.gofundme.com/exuma-point-fyre-fest-debt

Life is Beautiful 2017 | Downtown, Fremont | Las Vegas, NV


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Life is Beautiful was a very unique experience as it was my first time attending the festival as well as my first time being in Las Vegas, I had been there once before, but I was young so that doesn’t count, the only memory of that I have is Treasure Island lol. Anyway, Life is Beautiful had an amazing line-up, and after having to skip the amazing line-up that Camp Bisco had to offer I had to make it to Life Is Beautiful, I made all my arrangements months in advance and invited my friend Paige to come with me.

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I didn’t expect anything less when I found slot machines in the boarding area and throughout the airport, to be honest it seemed more like a casino than an airport. That might be a bit of an exaggeration but you get my point. I think I had to wait a while for Paige’s plane to land, I stopped in a bar and got a lil pregame in before we hit the town.

We took an uber from the airport to our hotel and driving into downtown Vegas was a treat, the place doesn’t even seem like a city, its more like a giant theme park, or at least that’s how It feels for me. We stayed at “The D” which was right down the street from the Life Is Beautiful Festival on Fremont. The hotel was super nice and their casino was nicely laid out, we didn’t walk away with millions but I do have a 0.05 voucher from that casino so you know, that’s something, lol.

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The first day of the festival was incredible, we had some tasty drinks and had some amazing food. Their were about 25 different food trucks their, each one a unique and delicious choice for any hungry belly. They had some really cool art displays, like the art motel and all these other buildings dedicated to art which had amazing pieces from artist all over.

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The people at this festival, like most other festivals, were all about peace and positive vibes, its so nice to get away and spend a week listening to awesome music with such like-minded people. We met a lot of people and I actually ended up talking to a news reporter and landed a interview with her and ended up on the news, lol. Paige got a video and you can see it online, I I have to download it before they delete it, we talked for ever, I really popped, but then they cut me up into like 15 seconds and make me look dumb, lol oh well.

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Through the three days of the festival we heard some amazing sets by Lorde, 2 Chains, Slightly Stoopid, Zeds Dead, Tchami, Big Gigantic, Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, Tycho, Lil Dicky, Gorillaz, The XX, Pretty Lights, MGMT, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Pusha T, Big Wild and a few others. Each performance was top notch, I loved every minute of it. Pretty Lights had the best set hands down, it was perhaps my favorite set I’ve seen of him and I’ve seen quite a few, the lights were on point. Another show that was sick was Slightly Stoopid, I’ve been wanting to see them for a very long time, and they did not disappoint.

The Festival grounds were littered with amazing art pieces, like this bear that was poly-art, it was super psychedelic and had amazing colors when lit up at night. There were super detailed murals on all of the walls, we were surrounded by such awesome art on all sides it was easy to get lost.

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All in all the festival was amazing and as long as they have a good line-up I would recommend going, it was money well spent.

Unfortunately we were only in Vegas for a few days for the festival so we had limited time to check out the entire city. I wanted to bungee jump off the needle down there but we didn’t have time. Another thing we wanted to check out was the pawn shop featured in Pawn Stars, but again ran out of time. One cool thing we did do, was go to a Criss Angel Show, and let me tell you that blew my freaking mind! If you are thinking about going I would say stop thinking and just do it!! Me and Paige walked out of there questioning reality, that’s how good it was, he’s incredible and I tip my hat, he really is the mind freak, lol. We also hit up the zip line on Fremont and that was really cool, it wasn’t too much money and I would say its worth it, plus you can buy pictures of yourself at the end, its a lot of fun, better try it.

We had a lot of fun going to Vegas, had a lot of of laughs, A LOT OF GOOD FOOD, met some cool people, lost some money but walked away with 4 cents, I plan on coming back for EDC 2018, so that’s a good time I look forward to.

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400 Fest | Brickyard, Indy 500 | Indianapolis, IN | July 21-22

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This was an interesting one. I had never heard of 400 Fest before, the only reason it popped up on my radar was because of Pretty Lights and Mac Miller. With it being so close to home I had to get tickets. I bought two and ended up bringing Lindsey along for the ride. The place we stayed this time was much better than where we stayed in Chicago, kind of far from the venue though.

So anyway, we get to the Indy 500 Motor Speedway, and I’ve never been here before and I’m like, WHOLY SHIT THIS PLACE IS HUGE!!!! I never realized how big that place was, and when we were walking in I was so excited, I was thinking dam this is gonna be a huge event/venue right? NOPE. They made us walk the whole way across to the other side and tucked us back in this lil corner and I’m just shaking my head thinking of all the wasted potential! They could have a huge festival in that place, using the whole area and make it really cool, but they just have this one stage back in the corner, I digress.

The music was on point though, what else do you expect from Pretty Lights and Mac Miller. Chainsmokers finished, there alright, I like a few of there songs, but not really for me, I Thought Pretty Lights should have closed, but it was very apparent that I was the only one that thought that.

The crowd wasn’t really felling pretty lights it seemed like, no one in the crowd other than me was moving it seemed like, I was calling them all crazy in my head, especially when the chainsmokers came on and everyone when nuts.. so it clearly wasn’t his crowd, and most were there for chainsmokers, I guess lol. We saw Cheat Codes and that was the first time I saw them live and I was feeling them a lot, I had heard a few of their songs before but after hearing their set I’m for sure a fan. Major Lazor was there as well, he killed his set and had some dope ass visuals!! DNCE was there and that was also my first time seeing them, they put on a good show, you should check em out.

So overall the music was on point, the crowd was weak, the venue had potential but was not utilized properly in my opinion, also there was like a circle of 10 cops every other 50 feet, no joke, it was the most cops I had seen in my life in one place, it was very locked down. I had heard some talk of a lot of under covers being there, so overall it was a sketchy vibe, but still had to blaze to Mac Miller lol.

We went to the Art Museum as well which was really cool, if you have never been there you should check it out there are some amazing pieces in that building. And the surrounding area, is simply beautiful, with gardens, fountains, paths, and trails you can walk through, its a great place to take pictures. The food they offer isn’t half bad either.

-Evan