The lineup for Global Citizen Festival in NYC was announced in August. The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, and Cardi B were all set to perform at this event. At first, I wasn’t going to go, but I read that you can win FREE tickets by “taking action” via the Global Citizen app. I won my first pair of tickets in the first drawing, and I was super excited! Continue reading to see how my experience unfolded.
Initially, I was going for another outfit, but I decided to wear all black. You can never go wrong with an all black outfit. My festival look was Rhythm Nation inspired, but somehow I’m unintentionally giving Tomb Raider vides.
Top: DIY ( Bodycon dress cut into crop top)
In a nutshell, getting into the Global Citizen festival was stressful. It felt disorganized because we had several Global Citizen Volunteers and Live Nation Employees tell several other people and us different information about what line to stand in for General Admission. Several of the volunteers didn’t have any information and were just as confused as we were. We waited in a line that was another GA entrance for about 3 hours (it was expected) because we were told by Live Nation specifically that if you had a Global Citizen ticket it didn’t matter what entrance you were at because once you are inside you will be directed on where to go. Global Citizen and Live Nation had a lot of miscommunications on what information to tell attendees, smh.
We finally get in around 3:30 pm and people were rushing to the front and laying down on the ground to claim their spots. We casually walked and pushed our way to the front for a better view of the stage. When you are in a crowd, you are dealing with multiple personalities, attitudes, funkiness, and craziness. This festival was no exception. While waiting for Janelle Monae, a drunk old white man was causing a scene, arguing with the women around him and felt the need to sniff my hair and my friends hair. Crazy!
Fast-forward to last half of Global Citizen Festival, and we are getting excited to see Janet Jackson. Then the event turned for the worst. I’ve never been so scared in my life. At the festival, a stampede happens. My girls and I held on to the barricade so tight trying not to get hurt. It felt like pounds of people smashing into us. We then heard loud popping noises, and the crowd went crazy b/c we thought it was gunshots and the police was telling everyone to get down! At this point, I was in fear of my life because I didn’t know what to think or do. We then had police officers yelling ” GO HOME CONCERT IS OVER!’. People started leaving and crying, and I even got upset, but luckily the organizer came out to inform people the show will continue as soon as they handle the situation.
We later found out it was the water bottles making the popping noises when people stepped on them. Security and event organizers finally were able to calm the situation. A barricade fell, and that’s what caused the stampede. Honestly, don’t know what happened but several people got hurt, people were crying, and having panic attacks. It was a scary situation and mentally draining. We were thankfully not injured, and we were able to enjoy Janet Jackson’s set. Moral of the story is my life is too precious, and this girl right here will not attend any more music festivals I’ve only been to two, but two is enough…it’s not for me.
Cynthia Erivo and Ava DuVernay (she’s so cool and she waved at me!)
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