‘I Can’t Risk My Life’ – Safety Concerns Trouble Farrell Festival ‘Something in the Water’

Lots of Farrell’s “One thing within the Water” competition attendees complained that the occasion was overcrowded and frantic, they usually had issues for his or her security.

Like Pharrell Williams.one thing within the waterThe competition sparked in Washington, D.C. this weekend, with a lot of concertgoers complaining that they’d issues about their security on the occasion.

Katerra Shackelford purchased her three-day tickets for $400 and flew from Tampa, Florida for the competition. However after disagreeable experiences on Friday and Saturday, she instructed WTOP that she wouldn’t return on the final day of the competition.

“Each days have been horrible,” Shackleford mentioned. “There isn’t any place to take a seat. There isn’t any shade. There isn’t any water. Even should you attempt to get to the toilet, you possibly can’t get to it. It was a foul present.”

Described as a music competition fanatic, Shackleford mentioned she’s participated in a wide range of festivals, however none have been as dangerous as her expertise at “One thing within the Water”.

“The distinction between this competition and different festivals is that it isn’t secure,” she mentioned. “The place is so crowded, you possibly can’t get previous the group. Persons are pushing by way of the group as a result of they’re indignant that they’ll’t get previous it. It’s simply very slender lanes.”



Many individuals believed that the competition venue and employees had been unable to deal with the roughly 28,000 ticket holders and that harmful overcrowding was inevitable.

crowd “fenced”

Shackleford mentioned that, whereas within the crowd between performances, she noticed a person making an attempt to interrupt by way of a barrier that had been hit by occasion employees whereas he was nonetheless within the crowd.

She additionally described seeing a number of individuals lose consciousness throughout the occasion – because of warmth, dehydration, exhaustion and poisoning – however with out an pressing medical response.

“You’ll count on occasion employees to be secure. You’ll count on that if somebody referred to as for assist, the nurses would come,” Shackleford mentioned. “As somebody who goes to festivals… you count on that there will likely be security protocols in place. It was clear and apparent that there was nothing. The employees was untrained.”

A number of customers on Twitter complained about overcrowding and security issues – they had been prevented from returning after leaving 1festival for some time to alleviate overcrowding and warmth. Many are asking for a refund.

Ngiri Nnachi of Boye, Maryland, mentioned she was exhausted by the chaotic, fenced-in crowd and was instructed by occasion employees that she would have the ability to re-enter the venue when she returned to look at Farrell carry out. When she returned, the police and safety instructed her that nobody was allowed in.

“Lastly, another person requested us to go to the opposite entrance on Seventh Road, and once we received there, one other crowd gathered who wasn’t allowed in,” Nnashi mentioned. “I caught a police officer on video telling us that nobody can be allowed in till we may name the field workplace the place we purchased the tickets…I began speaking to the individuals exterior who mentioned they had been terrified inside, crammed right into a choking crowd.”

Nnachi, who was unable to return to the live performance, mentioned the irritating expertise made her resolve to not attend Sunday’s occasions.

“I ended up watching excerpts from the Pharrell and Phriends from stay whereas I used to be extremely upset as a result of I used to be out stay,” she mentioned. “I can not imagine I paid that a lot cash to finish up not seeing the individuals I needed to see.”

Private gadgets and private security

Different party-goers claimed on Twitter that their telephones had been stolen.

Remy, from Marylander, instructed WTOP she felt the competition was too crowded to be secure.

“there [were] So many individuals which you can’t even transfer to get to the water stations and even stand in line to get meals. “It was very crowded,” she mentioned.

With temperatures hovering into the 90s on Friday, Remy mentioned she struggled with overheating and was sweating profusely whereas on the competition. However when she tried to flee the crowded crowds to get the free water, she could not due to the juvenile hurdles.

On prime of security issues, festival-goers additionally complained about sound distortion and important delays within the occasion schedule. Shackleford says she was unable to see certainly one of her favourite artists and competition headliner on day one, Usher, as a result of his efficiency was three hours late.

Whereas she was having fun with the musicians, Shackleford mentioned she wouldn’t even attend the “One thing within the Water” competition – or future festivals within the capital – once more.

“I can not threat my life. It isn’t secure.”

WTOP has reached out to occasion organizers for remark.

WTOP’s Gigi Barnett and Joshua Barlow contributed to this story.