Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland, the man behind the highly publicized and poorly known scam music festival, was released from prison early.
TMZ reported that the 30-year-old has been released but is not yet completely free, as he has been in community confinement since March 30.
It’s unclear if McFarland is currently in his personal home or if he is in a halfway house — an institute for people with criminal histories to learn the skills needed to reintegrate into society.
McFarland was due to remain in jail until the end of August 2023, but his lawyers have been fighting for an early release since 2020. The producer of the calamitous 2017 Fyre Festival – which left hundreds stranded on an island without food, shelter and water – was originally sentenced to six years in 2018.
MacFarland also made headlines after appearing on a podcast aptly titled “Dumpster Fyre,” intended to corroborate his side of the story and give audiences a glimpse into his life in prison. The project did not go far, however, as it placed McFarland in solitary confinement for six months as punishment for speaking to the media.
With tickets costing thousands of dollars, Fyre Fest promised luxurious villas and high-end performances from some of music’s biggest stars, including Pusha T, Tyga, Migos and Blink-182 – all of whom dropped a few days before the event. . Instead, attendees were greeted with broken tents, sad-looking sandwiches, and no musical acts scheduled.
Since then, the term Fyre Festival has become synonymous with treacherous and deceptive festival environments. More recently, he was invoked when a Coachella pre-party called Galore Fest left influencers stranded in the desert heat without transportation to the main event.