Blink-182’s Matt Skiba used ‘witchcraft’ to get out of Fyre Fest
— July 12, 2017
Blink-182’s Matt Skiba says he toiled and troubled his way out of playing the doomed Fyre Festival.
Skiba, who joined the popular band in 2015 after founding member Tom DeLonge left, said it wasn’t Fyre founder Billy McFarland’s poor planning or shady intentions that fated the luxury festival — no, it was witchcraft, courtesy of Skiba himself.
“I had a bad feeling about that event,” he told NME. “I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen. I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening.”
Luckily for him — and unluckily for festival-goers who had forked over $ 12,000 for tickets — Skiba’s energy summoning paid off. In April, the Bahamas festival went down in flames in a spectacular fashion.
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Fyre was billed as a luxury experience with extravagant accommodation, a bevy of Instagram models, gourmet meals and performances from artists like Blink-182, Migos and Major Lazer.
Instead, those who made the trek were left stranded on the remote island of Exuma with shabby tents for housing, paltry food offerings and canceled performances, Skiba’s Blink-182 included.
And while Skiba says the band opted out because of technical issues, he’s more than happy to take the credit for the festival’s ultimate meltdown.
“It was bulls—,” he said. “I used my witch ways, and it seemed to work. I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me. Shazam. I was on my couch feeling somewhat guilty, but very relieved that I wasn’t there with people stealing from each other.”
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McFarland was arrested last month on wire fraud charges for duping investors out of $ 1.2 million. But the money aspect isn’t all Skiba took issue with. He also called out the location of choice and McFarland’s decision to flaunt his luxury festival in the face of poverty.
“I’ve been to the Bahamas before, and it’s so crass. You land in Nassau and the whole island is replete with beauty and culture, but there’s a lot of poverty. It is a largely black population then they build these places like Atlantis and The Cove that are walled off,” Skiba said. “It’s classist and racist and then they decided to park a bunch of yachts with models to show off in front of those poor people, going down there with all your Ferris and bulls— and yachts.”
McFarland’s business partner Ja Rule is not facing criminal charges in connection with the festival, and is “stunned and disappointed” over how things played out, according to his lawyer.