ROSS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A local man is promoting a concert on a Kalamazoo County farm, but Target 8 found nothing with the so-called “Meeting of the Minds” festival adds up.
With the tickets starting $130, the website for the festival says Drake and Cardi B will be there.
But the internet is calling the event a copycat of the Fyre Festival, a failed music festival that was supposed to take place in the Bahamas and is now the subject of two wildly popular documentaries on Netflix and Hulu.
So Target 8 went straight to the source, calling up Tyler Holland, who says he’s putting on the event.
“The concert is actually still in the works,” he said. “(I’ve) been in contact with the sponsors. This is the week that they have to give us a call back. Been in contact with all the agents and artists and everything like that. The people that are saying this is a scam are actually trying to steal my business.”
He claims he has already sold 1,700 tickets.
His website shows that the concert will take place May 25 at a farm estate north of Augusta, just outside Kalamazoo, but the address listed is for the home next door. When Target 8 went to the location shown on the website, we found nothing but horses and confused people.
“We focus on lessons and horses,” said Amy Newman, the head instructor at EastFork Farms.
When she saw the map of the concert site, she said it would include the farm and at least two neighboring properties.
“Apparently we’re inviting people to come here,” she said after seeing it.
“Please don’t come,” she added.
Target 8 also called property owner Tara East, who is out of town, just in case she knew something the staff didn’t.
“It has to be a scam. There is no concert there,” she said. “It’s private property.”
East said no one ever told her that they were interested in hosting an event at her farm.
“The people are going to be out a lot of money because they are not going to be allowed to go there,” she said.
The event was also a surprise to the companies listed as sponsors. Every representative who spoke with Target 8 Monday, including one for Bell’s Brewery, said their business is not affiliated and that the site was using logos without permission.
The website also promises to donate thousands of dollars to charities including St. Jude. No one from St. Jude or the other charities was aware of the event when Target 8 checked in with them.
Additionally, the big performers listed on the site haven’t promoted anywhere else that they plan to be in West Michigan on May 25.
When asked to send documentation of artist contracts or other verification, Holland did not do so.