The american bedrageren Billy McFarland is sentenced to six years in prison for fraud after he tried to arrange a luksusfestival in the Bahamas in 2017.
The recent Netflix documentary "Fire" deals with both the history of the McFarland and katastrofearrangementet Before the Festival from start to finish. It was booked a number of well-known artists to the festival, and among them was the Norwegian DJ and musikkeksportsuksessen Tom Stræte Lagergren or better known as the Matoma.FLEW TO the BAHAMAS: Norwegian Matoma was one of several world-renowned artists that were booked to skandalefestivalen Before. Photo: Jacques Hvistendahl Show more rejoiced
the Rapper Ja Rule medarrangerte "festival" along with McFarland, and one of the Matomas most famous songs are "Old Thing Back", where the Yes Rule also is a guest artist.
- One of the reasons why I was booked there was that I and Ja Rule would perform together, " says Matoma to the Newspaper.Review: one of the flaueste I have seen
I had set aside two weekends to play the festival. Everything seemed okay, they had paid a deposit and was large and decent. We flew to the Bahamas, but was never on the same island as the festival. Then I got information the same day I was going to the island that spillejobben was cancelled because of the chaos.- Brutally exploited
Matoma let out pictures from the Bahamas on social media, unaware of the collapse that was going on in the scenes not far away. According to the artist, he played somewhere between 150 and 170 gigs of the year.
He has been joined by "Fire"-the documentary to Netflix, but have not seen it yet. He remembers the moment when he realized what had happened as sad.
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- That people are taking advantage of others in such a brutal way, is sad. I stand for positivity and joy, not such behaviour. I was incredibly disappointed when I got to know that everything had been a scam. What they were doing was criminal, so it was a slightly bleak experience. I had said no to several spillerjobber to go there.
Many artists were tricked by McFarland and the team. The band Blink-182 was also among the musicians who cancelled.
As they presented themselves to management and my agent, everyone thought they had it all on the care. I went there to spread love and joy, but did not get the chance to do it. What happened with the Fire get the industry to take the lessons of. I realize that the documentary creates a part of debate, and it is good, " says Matoma, who went from "wasted journey" to the Bahamas further to the concert in San Francisco.Full Netflix war of the skandalefestival Couldn't keep luksusløfter
In 2017 was the "Fire Festival" an to be this year's most glamorous event. The "new Coachella", was the festival called. McFarland and co-arranger and rapper Ja Rule (Jeffrey Bruce Atkins) promised gourmet food, stjerneartister and luxurious accommodation on the Bahamas island of Great Exuma, against tickets to several thousand dollars.
So, however, was not. Stjerneartistene withdrew at the last minute, the villas were nothing other than a wet tent, and gourmetmåltidet consisted of slices of bread with watery cheese on top. In the course of a short time be able to throughout the world following the reactions on social media, among other things, compared the festival with the film "The Hunger Games".
the Drama ended as mentioned with the prison sentence for McFarland, while Ja Rule still fighting against a lawsuit for 100 million dollars. After the scandal he has tried to distance itself from both the McFarland and the festival, by saying that he did not know about gave.Sold svindyre luksusdrømmer. Although he lived in a borrowed lie