Influencers call Coachella’s Revolve Festival ‘Fyre Festival 2.0’

Influencers at Coachella’s Revolve Festival in California offered a stinging rebuke of the star-studded affair — calling what they described as a chaotic and disorganized event “Fyre Festival 2.0.”

After a two-year hiatus amid the pandemic, the fifth annual festival drew a slew of celebrities, including Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Halsey over the two-day event in the hot desert at La Quinta, California.

Despite the stream of smiling posts that flooded social media, many attendees described a decidedly different picture of the event, according to Fox News.

fashion designer Bunny Barbie said she received a VIP wristband, only to wait two hours to get on a bus and then be “almost trampled by people.”

“I guess there was no VIP, I’m not sure,” she said.

tiktok star Chris Mangos tweeted that the festival “was the MOST unorganized event I’ve ever gone too.”

“They had ppl waiting outside in the heat with no water, there was no data to even call an Uber to leave. I was sitting in line for 3 hours. There’s so much more omg,” he added.

Fashion designer Bunny Barbie at REVOLVE festival.
Fashion designer Bunny Barbie said she was “almost trampled by people.”

Another TikTok user, Averie Bishop, also described the “absolute chaos.”

“The only way you can get to Revolve Festival is if you take their specific shuttles to their grounds. I didn’t even get into the festival guys. I waited in line for two hours,” she said.

“There was pushing, shoving, shouting, yanking people in front of the buses, people standing in between the buses like while they were moving just to get on these buses and get to the ball festival. Yikes! Sorry revolve but I really hope you take into consideration everyone’s safety and security next year,” added Bishop.

REVOLVE stage.
A stream of smiling posts flooded social media from the Revolve Festival.
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for REVOLVE

Her friend interjected, “It was Fyre Festival 2.0,” referring to the infamous luxury event that was slated to take place in 2017.

Convicted with artist Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule paired up selling tickets for the festival in the Bahamas that ranged from $1,200 to $100,000. But instead of posh food and accommodations, Fyre Festival attendees were served cold cheese sandwiches and put up in FEMA tents.

Hannah Kosh, another influencer who attended the Revolve Festival, said on TikTok that “people were raiding the buses.”

“The bus drivers refused to come back. I saw three people pass out in line myself. Wild,” she said.

She also read several posts, including one that said, “Sources on the ground telling us that there’s apparently drama going down at Revolve Festival that ‘sinks to the level of the Fyre Festival.’

“Influencers stranded in the desert with no water, under the hot sun for hours waiting for buses that aren’t coming to bring them to the current festival. Alleged fights, screaming, everyone is dizzy,” she read, citing Los Angeles Magazine journalist Joseph Kapsch.

REVOLVE stage.
One Revolve Festival attendee explained how they had to wait “outside in the heat with no water, there was no data to even call an Uber to leave.”
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for REVOLVE
Fyres Festival.
Fyre Festival welcomed attendees with half-finished tents, disorganized planning and chaos in 2017.
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And influencer Kristi Howard complained that she wasn’t even able to make it to the event — and spent $50 on an Uber “to get out of the chaos.”

“After flying across the country&standing in line for 5 hours I’m out a couple thousand $$ but I got this cool shirt to cover me up so I could charge my phone&eat in a restaurant nearby,” she wrote.

Another TikToker commented that “it was literally influencer Hunger Games to get on a shuttle.”

Revolve didn’t immediately respond to request for comment, Fox News reported.


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