The creators of Fyre Festival now have a scapegoat—sort of. Matt Skiba, of both Blink-182—who were slated to play the festival before pulling out due to “technical and logistical issues”—and Alkaline Trio, told NME that he’s to blame for the festival’s failure, citing his “witchy ways” as its downfall.
“It was bullshit. I used my witchy ways and it seemed to work. I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me. Shazam. I was on my couch feeling somewhat guilty, but very relieved that I wasn’t there with people stealing from each other,” Skiba explained. He also revealed that he considers himself “a pagan and a witch” and “put all the electricity in [his] body against [Fyre Festival] happening.”
While Fyre Festival’s demise can be attributed to a hodgepodge of issues, including lack of housing for guests, minimal food and no security, who’s to say that Skiba didn’t summon all of the misfortunes they faced? After all, he had a point when he told NME that the gentrified parts of the Bahamas (the places the festival would have taken place) are “classist and racist.” Surely we can all agree that it was at least somewhat enjoyable to watch a bunch of rich kids lose their minds after forking over thousands of dollars for a “luxury” music festival. The festival’s organizer, Billy McFarlans, was even charged with fraud by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.