By Mary Hanbury /
Updated: May 01, 2017
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Fyre Festival attendees were expecting the VIP experience when they set off to Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

But the reality was very different: delayed flights, half-built huts to sleep in, and cold cheese sandwiches to eat. And that doesn't even include the disastrous trip home.

This luxury festival, tickets for which cost between $450 and $12,000, was advertised as two weekends in paradise.

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It turned into a nightmare.

Take a look at festivalgoers' expectations compared with the reality they encountered.

And here's the full Fyre Festival promo video:

The three-day party was supposed to be on a private beach on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

It was supposed to be over two weekends: April 28-30 and May 5-7.

A host of supermodels had promoted it on social media, including Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid.

Guests expected to party on the white sand beaches.

But when they turned up, it didn't look anything like the advertisements.

They were told they would fly in from Miami on a custom, VIP-configured Boeing 737 to have the full VIP experience.

Instead, guests ended up waiting for hours at the airport ...

... and collecting their luggage from the back of a shipping container in the dead of night.

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The ticket cost was meant to include gourmet food. Guests were expecting Starr Catering Group to be there, but the group told Business Insider it terminated its services with Fyre on April 2. Instead, there were makeshift food tents.

They were given cheese sandwiches and salads.

Fans were expecting to see Blink-182 perform. But the band dropped out before the festival started on Thursday.

Festivalgoers were promised luxury, eco-friendly domes and villas to stay in that were included in the ticket prices.

But one guest described it as a "disaster tent city."

Some of the tents hadn't been put up.

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Instead of partying on the beach with friends guests were trying to fly back to Miami. 

But for some, that wasn't possible, and they ended up stranded in the airport.

One guest said she was kept in a room without food or water, waiting for a flight to take off. She said a person fainted because the conditions were so bad.

Not exactly the VIP experience they had envisioned.