Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus has opened up about the group’s decision to cancel an appearance at the ill-fated Fyre Festival.
Back in early 2017, folks the world over were given a firsthand view at how not to run a music festival, when Fyre Festival spectacularly crashed and burned.
Described as a luxury concert of sorts, the festival was intended to be held on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma, and was supposed to have been headlined by the likes of Blink-182 – who famously pulled out before it was due to start.
Sadly, it quickly became clear that the whole thing was a mess from the start, with chartered flights not arriving or even taking off as anticipated, and accomodation for attendees being woefully inadequate.
Attendees who actually made it to the event (which by that point had been cancelled), rightfully described the entire situation as a “shit show”.
Ultimately, Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland was found guilty of defrauding investors out of a total of $26 million, and subsequently issued a public apology from prison.
Of course, we’ve since seen not one, but two documentaries on the event, and there’s even been talk of a satirical film helmed by none other than Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island.
Now, in an interview with NME, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus has discussed who he would like to see play himself in the film.
“That has to be Ryan Gosling for me, of course,” he began. “Matt [Skiba] would be played by someone goth-y like Crispin Glover and Travis would be played by Machine Gun Kelly.”
Check out the trailer for Netflix’s FYRE:
On a more serious note though, Hoppus also described how he felt watching the Netflix documentary on the infamous festival his band almost headlined.
“It was pretty shocking,” Hoppus explained. “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,” Mark Hoppus continued.
“We continued in good faith, the show got closer and closer. Travis [Barker] 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.”
In related news, Mark Hoppus recently revealed that Blink-182’s forthcoming album will be “darker” and “more aggressive” than its predecessors.
“It’s very different to California,” Hoppus explained in another interview with NME. “It’s a lot more aggressive. It’s darker in theme and tone.”
“If you like California to Enema Of The State then this album is more like the Untitled record where we are trying to experiment more: trying to experiment more, trying different sounds, and trying to expand upon what people think Blink-182 is.”