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Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus has disclosed why they jumped ship on Fyre Festival

If Fyre Festival is the ‘Greatest Party That Never Happened’, then Blink-182 is the greatest headliner that never performed. That is, they weren’t sold on the luxury event and famously pulled out before the whole thing crashed and burned.

Last week Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus spoke with NME about the band’s involvement in the “shocking” event.

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Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus said the band was committed to performing at Fyre right up until they were advised to pull out by their production crew.

In viewing Netflix’s Fyre documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Hoppus told NME “it was pretty shocking”.

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. That being said, us and our crew have always prided ourselves on being able to put on a good show.

“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.”

Should Blink-182 miraculously restore faith in Fyre Festival, it’s alleged that organiser Ja Rule may try to host the infamous event a second time. 

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April 4, 2019