A three-day concert in Belgium with stars like Cardi B, Jason Derulo and Ja Rule ended abruptly before starting on Friday for fraud. This led to comparisons with the failed Fyre Festival, the 2017 music event that was stranded on the Bahamas without food or lodging.
Thousands of people who bought tickets for the Vestiville Festival in Lommel, a city on the Dutch border, were evicted from the camp by the police before the festivities began. The organizers said the event was canceled in consultation with rapper A $ AP Rocky for security reasons.
"It was decided that the safety of the artist and the public can not be guaranteed," it said on the festival's Facebook page. 1
On Friday, the rapper retired from the concert due to "security and infrastructure concerns." Among the participants were Meek Mill, Nicky Jam, Trey Songz and Future, among others.
The prosecution has launched an investigation into the incident of suspected payment fraud, according to the Belgian RTBF network, three organizers of the festival were interviewed. that security issues were not included in the investigation.
On the Facebook page of the event, the organizers stated that they were discussing possible reimbursements with their partners.
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Fyre Festival co-founder Ja Rule was due to leave at VestiVille a uftreten. He has denied any fraud in connection with the first fiasco and has not been charged. The event was fraught with many problems, including a lack of funds, housing, food and transport.
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Co-founder Billy McFarland, 26, was sentenced to six years in prison after confessing in one segregated ticket sales to cheat investors of $ 26 million and $ 100,000. The disaster produced documentary films about Netflix and Hulu.
VestiVille was considered a "gateway to an urban oasis of music, art and wonder". It offered luxurious VIP villas, a private beach and a red carpet treatment.
Festivalgoers compared both failed events on Twitter and made videos of themselves that gave spontaneous musical performances on an empty, elaborate stage.
"coincidence? I think not #vestiville " tweeted a user, accompanied by photos of tents at VestiVille and the Fyre Festival.
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"Did #Vestiville Organizers look at the documentary film on the Fyre Festival and consider: Challenge accepted, let's read the European edition publish ", published another article.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.