Blink-182 Opens Up About Fyre Festival
Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus has spoken out about the band's involvement in the disastrous Fyre Festival, which collapsed in summer 2017 before it even started and left attendees stranded with no water or accommodations and out thousands of dollars.
Blink was one of the acts slated to perform at the event but pulled out of the festival when they grew worried that production standards would not be met. Fyre’s many failures and accusations of fraud have since been the subject of documentaries on Netflix and Hulu.
Hoppus said about seeing the Netflix documentary, "It was shocking but not entirely surprising. We had indications kind of early on that there were problems. Our production crew was having problems getting even the most basic of answers as to staging, power and things that you would normally have well in advance of the show."
Hoppus continued, "If you give us electricity and a stage then we will do our best to put on a great show. We continued in good faith, the show got closer and closer. Travis (Barker, drums) doesn’t fly so he was going to have to get on a boat for several days to get there then our production crew just said, ‘I don’t think that this is going to happen, I think we should pull out now’. That’s when we issued our statement."
Blink-182 is currently completing its new studio album, which is due out later this year and will follow up 2019's California.