Proceeds will help pay back some of the investors scammed by the organiser
As the investigation of the infamous Fyre Festival continues and founder Billy McFarland faces years behind bars, the feds have found a pretty unusual way to repair some of the financial damages. They’re going to be auctioning off some of the official merch (and yes, they’ve verified it’s genuine, unlike seemingly anything else connected to the literal hot mess that was Fyre Fest).
“We have an assortment of the ‘real thing’ Fyre Festival-branded tee-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, wristbands and medallions,” a spokesperson from the United States Marshals Service’s Manhattan office tells Vulture. “We know that there is tremendous interest in these items in the NY metro area in particular.”
Obviously, the merch has something of a historical significance, given the massive fame (or infamy) of the Fyre Festival farce, which saw Billy McFarland cheat investors and a ticket vendor out of $26 million for his hyper-luxury festival that quickly span out of control.
Funds from the merch sale – which will take place as an online auction, though apparently a date hasn’t been set yet – will go towards paying back those that McFarland cheated. Obviously they won’t cover the whole cost, but the proceeds will be split according to how much investors lost on the festival.
So watch this space if you want to nab a piece of modern day history.