Two documentaries have detailed what happened behind the scenes of the flop event, which resulted in co-founder Billy McFarland being jailed for six years for fraud.

Ja Rule has claimed he lost money through his involvement in organising and promoting the festival, as a crowdfunding page gathered pace for a Bahaman woman who used $50,000 (£38,000) of her own money to pay other staff who helped at the event.

Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury weekend on a sandy private Bahamian island, surrounded by azure water where guests would party with social media influencers and models.

An advert for the festival featured supermodels Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin.

Tickets for the event cost up to $75,000 (£58,000) Guests were also encouraged to load up wristbands with money to be used for purchases during the event.

When guests turned up, they found they were to sleep on rain-soaked mattresses in hurricane disaster tents on what had been a building site on a different island than originally advertised.

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Instead of gourmet food, an image showed one festival-goer had been presented with two unbuttered basic pieces of brown bread, two thin slices of cheese and a handful of salad.

Guests had to search through a huge dump of luggage off the back of industrial lorries in order to find their belongings.

Ja Rule was not arrested or charged in connection with McFarland’s fraud and the rapper has denied he was involved in defrauding party-goers and locals on the island.

He was not interviewed for either of the two documentaries which aired on Netflix and US streaming site Hulu but appears in footage filmed at the time.

In the Netflix documentary, he is heard saying “it’s not like anybody died” after the event collapsed.

He faced a backlash on Twitter after the Netflix show aired on Friday, replying to one follower to say he had lost “plenty” of money on the project.

“I never made or got paid one dollar from Fyre…But everyone else did,” he wrote.

In another tweet, he wrote: “I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!”

A restaurant owner in the Bahamas who was confronted with having to cater for an unexpectedly large workforce says she used $50,000 (£38,000) of her own money to pay other staff who helped at the event – despite not receiving a penny herself.

A crowdfunder on has raised more than $160,000 (£124,000) for Maryann Rolle after her experience was highlighted in the Netflix documentary.

Ms Rolle, who runs the Exuma Point Bar and Grille, said: “My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest.

“My only resource today is to appeal for help.”

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