Belgium may have its own Fyre Festival with VestiVille, a three-day music festival that was cancelled on its opening day after headliner A$AP Rocky pulled out.
According to NME, the rapper cited concerns about “safety and infrastructure” at the festival.
Scheduled to run from June 28-30, VestiVille’s lineup also included such artists as Cardi B, Migos, Future, Meek Mill, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz and many more.
The rapper took to Twitter on Friday to tell fans he “won’t be performing today due to security and infrastructure concerns which related to the production of the show.”
Festival organizers followed suit, tweeting that the mayor of the town of Lommel, which was to have hosted the festival, pulled the plug, admitting that after consulting with A$AP Rocky and his security officer “the safety of the artist and the public could not be guaranteed.”
It didn’t take long for people on the scene to begin comparing VestiVille to the infamous Fyre Festival, which was billed as a luxury event that wound up being a nightmare for the unfortunate people who attended, inspiring two separate documentaries and sending Fyre Festival creator Billy McFarland to the slammer with a six-year sentence for fraud.
One Twitter user shared a promotional video of what festival-goers had been led to expect:
However, video taken at the scene presented a significantly different experience.
Meanwhile, some Twitter users joked about the fact that Ja Rule — who co-founded the Fyre Festival but claimed to have been scammed by McFarland — was on the bill.
The Brussels Times reports that three of the festival’s organizers, who were not identified, have been “charged with fraud involving false invoices, forgery, money laundering and abuse of trust. Full details have not been released, but it is understood the charges are a result of complaints brought by some of the festival’s suppliers, who despite being given multiple assurances remained unpaid up to the moment when the festival should have started.”