Billy McFarland, the notorious founder of the disastrous music festival, Fyre Festival, has been released from prison early. Originally reported by Billboard, McFarland is currently residing in a halfway house in New York until August.
Back in 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and other crimes related to the music festival. Fyre Festival was advertised as a super-exclusive, mega-luxurious event in the Bahamas. The artists that were supposed to play at the event included Blink-182, Pusha T, Major Lazer, Rae Sremmurd, Kaytranada, and more.
In October 2020, McFarland attempted to record a tell-all podcast from prison. It never happened, however, as he was caught after promoting the podcast on a burner Instagram account. He ended up in solitary confinement due to that.
McFarland has his work cut out for him. He’s currently working on ways to pay back the $26 million of restitution that is owed for his crimes.