The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away.

That’s why you need to watch this crazy Fyre Festival Mannequin Challenge video before it is inevitably taken down. It appears to show rapper Ja Rule, festival founder Billy McFarland and a number of top models like Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin partying it up at a beach bar, months before their notorious festival exploded in a #DumpsterFyre.

We haven’t 100 percent verified the backstory on this video, but we think it’s safe to guess it was shot in the Bahamas on the same weekend as the infamous model video shoot that gave us this gem:

The Mannequin Challenge video of Ja, McFarland and Hadid certainly shows the three enjoying a much happier time, but we’re hearing there is new footage percolating around the web that really casts an interesting light on the doomed festival.

As the Fyre Festival crisis enters its third week and organizers are beset by at least eight lawsuits, many are wondering what happened to the reality show McFarland and his staff were filming. According to a number of former employees, McFarland hired a video team to tape him and his staff planning the festival  — in fact one former employee tells Amplify she has seen the edited video and that it does not cast McFarland in a very flattering light.

“There’s one part where they are shouting ‘the fire is burning,'” our source tells us. “All this stuff of their failure is on tape somewhere. Someone has it.”

Who has the tape? Word is that Billy never paid the production team’s reported $100,000 bill nor did he require anyone to sign a non-disclosure agreement. It’s currently sitting on the computers of a few video production people who are trying to figure out what to do with the tapes.

We’ve got a little advice for them — release the tapes!

From island to island… #MATTEFilms

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Founder & Executive Editor at Amplify Media
Dave Brooks has over 15 years experience as a writer, including eight years as the Managing Editor of Venues Today. He started Amplify in 2014 to give the industry its own voice and turn up the volume on live entertainment.
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