Since then, several movies and dozens of articles have recounted the story of the most hyped up festival in history that never happened.
The main event promoter, fraudster and con artist Billy McFarland, sold thousands of young people around the world on the dream of a luxurious, VIP festival on an exclusive Caribbean island that never existed.
What if I told you that in Canada you too could find yourself at the next Fyre-like Festival? You might unknowingly purchase a ticket, or worse, have your physical safety be put at risk by attending an event.
People often assume event organizers have their best interests at heart — and most of them do — however just like many businesses, organizers often operate on a tight budget and sometimes cut corners leading to disastrous results.
The last few decades have reminded us just how deadly events can be when proper risk management measures are not in place.
In 2010, the Love Parade music festival in Germany saw 21 people die after being crushed in the crowd with over 500 people sustaining injuries. Organizers were blamed for negligence in failing to understand the need to anticipate and control crowd dynamics.
In 2017, an Islamic extremist suicide bomber killed 23 people and wounded 1,017 at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. A public inquiry revealed that the arena management took a complacent and lax approach to implementing recommended security risk management solutions.