Fyre Festival True Story: Hulu Releases Documentary Days Ahead of Netflix

In a surprising move, Hulu just released its documentary about the catastrophic Fyre Festival event days ahead of a Netflix release on the same subject. Fyre Fraud on Hulu takes a look at the so-called luxury festival in the Bahamas in 2017 that proved disastrous, stranding dozens of well-off partygoers on an island without food or shelter. Attendees paid up to $250,000 to attend the event which was promoted by influencers like Kendall Jenner (whose sister just got beat by an egg) and Bella Hadid. The Fyre Festival was started by Billy McFarland and his partner, rapper Ja Rule.

If you want to learn all about the Fyre Festival and the antics surrounding it, this is a great week for you. And if you don't get what you want out of Fyre Fraud, on January 18 Netflix is releasing its own documentary, called Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

Hulu kept promotion about its documentary to a minimum to maximize the impact of its ambush release ahead of the Netflix production. Hulu even waited until the day the embargo broke on Netflix's movie before releasing Fyre Fraud to usurp the momentum.

Like Fyre Festival itself, Hulu's doc caught internet users by surprise. I can tell you I sure as hell didn't expect to wake up on on a random spring day in May 2017 and read headlines about trust-fund babies eating single slices of cheese and being barricaded inside houses after paying thousands of dollars for a proclaimed once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The true story behind the Fyre Festival might be absurd, but real people were badly affected. Employees and contractors who were promised a paycheck never received payment, and some were still struggling a year later. Artist Darrell Thorne, who made fantastical headdresses for the event, told Vice News,"People worked for months, they never paid, it really hurt some people." Working on the project for two months, he claims he lost thousands of dollars in revenue.

Users with both Hulu and Netflix subscriptions can learn all about the Fyre Festival and its downfall, with each sharing a unique take on the story. Fyre Fraud is available to stream now on Hulu. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened comes to Netflix January 18.