Netflix versus Hulu: Fyre Festival

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Netflix versus Hulu: Fyre Festival

By now, we’ve all heard of the infamous Fyre Festival, a 2017 event that promised to revolutionize music festivals as we know it.

With prices ranging from $1,500-$250,000, the idea that the festival could bankrupt seemed slim, but everything went downhill when attendees who were promised luxury cuisine options from celebrity chefs were instead given a pitiful cheese and bread combination which caused one tweet to go viral.

The sandwich has since become the symbol of what Fyre’s massive failure, thanks to the one and only Billy McFarland.

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In early 2019, both Netflix and Hulu released documentaries on the festival within 4 days of each other — Netflix’s was anticipated, but Hulu’s was not. So which documentary should you watch? Let’s break it down.

Netflix — “FYRE: The greatest party that never happened”

Netflix’s “FYRE: The greatest party that never happened” followed the stories of the people directly involved with the production of the festival and those who were impacted by its failure. Having narratives from Andy King, the event producer of Fyre, gives the documentary insight into the background of the company as they chaotically prepared for a festival that lacked the structure and time they so desperately needed.

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Hulu — “Fyre Fraud”

Hulu’s take on the Fyre Festival included an in-depth analysis of the founder of the festival, Billy McFarland. While Netflix was able to get interviews with team members who were in charge of getting Fyre together, Hulu’s documentary had the man of the hour himself as an interviewee. The documentary focused primarily on McFarland’s entrepreneurial side and business tactics to show background on why the festival resulted in a flop.

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Netflix’s Fyre documentary currently has 92% on Rotten Tomatoes while Hulu’s documentary received a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing this article.

If you want to understand what exactly happened when it came to Fyre, either will do. If you want to understand why it happened, you should watch both to get the full picture.

Regardless of whichever documentary you decide to watch, it doesn’t change the fact that McFarland recently has been sentenced to six years in federal prison after this fiasco.