January 15, 2019 | 10:18am
| Updated January 15, 2019 | 10:41am
Two streaming giants are fighting fyre with fyre.
Both Netflix and Hulu have had their own projects in the works about Fyre Festival, the disastrous Bahamas-based music fest that left would-be concertgoers stranded in April 2017. But after Netflix announced Friday’s premiere date for “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” Hulu responded by dropping “Fyre Fraud” early, on Monday.
Both of the warring multi-part documentaries promise to tell the real story behind the scam-ridden two-weekend concert. In the months leading up to Fyre Festival, millennials paid up to $12,000 per ticket for what they thought would be an A-list lineup — with acts like Blink 182, Major Lazer and Migos on the roster — and luxury accommodations.
Big-name influencers, including Emily Ratakjowski and Bella Hadid, had shilled for the doomed event.
Unfortunately, when the first round of high-rolling ticket holders arrived at the concert venue on the Exuma Islands, they realized they had been duped. They ate pre-packed cheese sandwiches under rickety FEMA tents, listening to a performance from a no-name local band.
It was announced soon after that the concert was canceled.
Hulu’s series features an exclusive interview with the festival’s mastermind, Billy McFarland, who has been sentenced to six years in prison.
However, a Netflix producer for “Fyre” told The Ringer that Hulu had paid handsomely for that privilege. (Hulu’s director then admitted that yes, they did pay McFarland for footage, but that McFarland’s rumored $250,000 fee was way overblown.)
Meanwhile, Hulu is calling foul on the ethics behind the Netflix series as well.
Netflix’s version was produced in partnership with Jerry Media, the same social media agency that actually helped promote the ill-fated festival in the first place.
“I feel like there’s a bigger ethically compromised position, and that’s going and partnering with folks who marketed the Fyre Festival and were well aware that this was not going to happen as planned,” Hulu’s director told The Ringer.
Regardless, viewers seem unbothered by the glut of new Fyre-related content.
“NOTHING MORE THRILLING than two documentaries on FYRE Fest coming out back-to-back!!!!!!!!!!” one Twitter user gushed. “this is my super bowl.”