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Blink 182’s Matt Skiba claims responsibility for dooming Fyre Fest—with witchcraft

Do not mess with Matt Skiba.


Sarah Jasmine Montgomery


Published Jul 12, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 12:04 am CDT

Remember Fyre Festival? The tragic event created by Ja Rule that was supposed to be the ultimate festival in April, but ended up leaving people stranded in the Bahamas? Well apparently the downfall of that festival was not a scam or the result of poor budgeting. It’s that Blink-182’s singer and guitarist Matt Skiba is a witch, and he decided to use magic to put a stop to it. 

Blink-182 originally told reporters it pulled out of the festival for technical reasons, citing concerns over production set up. The band was supposed to headline with other artists including Rae Sremmurd and Migos, who also ended up pulling out of the festival last minute. In a recent interview with NME, Skiba explained that he is a practicing “witch,” and told British publication some very weird, but also very true things about the festival.

I’ve been to the Bahamas before, and it’s so crass,” Skiba said. “It is a largely black population then they build these places like Atlantis and The Cove that are walled off. It’s classist and racist and then they decided to park a bunch of yachts with models to show off in front of those poor people, going down there with all your Ferraris and bullshit and yachts.”

He’s not wrong. Fyre Festival was sold as an ultra-luxurious getaway for the super privileged, advertised by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. Some patrons paid thousands of dollars for tickets and travel to the festival, then found themselves stranded with little to eat and none of the promised fancy accommodations.

Billy McFarland, the co-founder of the festival, has since been charged with wire fraud, and has been hit with over a dozen lawsuits in the aftermath of Fyre Festival’s turmoil. But Skiba told NME he’s taking the credit for the whole ordeal. “I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen,” Sakib said.  “I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me.”

Looks like his magic worked.


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*First Published: Jul 12, 2017, 6:00 pm CDT