Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened hit 20 million views a month after its release in January of this year, with the number of views now exceeding 50 million. Even if you’re yet to see this doco, memes of Fyre festival’s event producer Andy King – “the ultimate team player” – went viral so you’ll probably recognise his face.
In what is undeniably the most memorable scene in Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, King recounts the festival’s ‘mastermind’ Billy McFarland telling him he needed to “take one for the team” (read: perform oral sex on a Customs Officer) in order to release four 18-wheeler trucks filled with Evian water. Although this ‘transaction’ never came to fruition, the colossal mess-up that is the “indefinitely postponed” Fyre festival is now a cautionary tale/endless source of LOLs, with King becoming an accidental hero of sorts and one of BIGSOUND 2019’s biggest drawcards.
Here were our top 10 takeaways from King’s appearance.
On Billy McFarland: “A mini Donald Trump; definitely a sociopath.”
On his questionable CV: “It’s ironic that I’ve been in the event industry for 30 years and had a lot of amazing successes, and then now I’ll only be known for FyreFfestival.”
On his notoriety: “I am the most visible failure in popular culture today.”
On Leo DiCaprio: “He is very insecure. I don’t think he’s ever getting married, but I’m not saying he takes one for the team.”
On agreeing to “take one for the team”: “But, guys, he didn’t say ‘Go find nine vaginas and sleep with them’; one d-ck I can handle! I’m a gay guy, so it wasn’t like it was a punishment…”
On the LGBTQ community’s reaction: “The LGBTQ community came after me afterwards, because they were enraged that I didn’t file and press charges against Fyre Festival, and Billy, for sexual harassment.”
On Woodstock: “No one talks about the drug overdoses and the thousand cars on the New York State throughway and the no food, no water. It was a disaster, but it was the most successful music festival in history. But that empowered me every day to think: If that f-cking thing went down like that… I know I can save Fyre. Oh, boy.”
On Woodstock Vs Fyre: “What is the difference between Woodstock and Fyre? Social f-cking media!”
On social media: “That cheese sandwich in that styrofoam container hit social media like there was no tomorrow. Blink-182, Lil Yachty – I mean, half of our talent was… a ten-minute plane ride away, all ready to fly in. And that sandwich hit f-cking social media, and they all cancelled like that.”
On cheese sandwiches: “I will never eat a cheese sandwich again!”