Coldplay's Chris Martin was left to calm the situation at the event in New York City's Central Park
A barrier collapse at Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, yesterday (September 30) caused mass panic and confusion among festival goers.
Fans mistook the barrier collapse for being “gun-shot-like noises,” causing many to rush towards the exit in panic.
The ensuing confusion abruptly stopped the event amid fears for the safety of the 60,000 fans attending the event as people were injured during the charge with some witnesses at the event describing the scene as “stampede-like.”
It was left to Coldplay’s Chris Martin to calm the situation as he took to the stage with NYPD’s assistant chief Kathleen O’Reilly to reassure fans. Martin was the curator of this year’s event.
Martin said: “What happened is a barrier, I think, fell down. Of course it caused people to feel frightened and stuff like that. But nobody is trying to hurt anybody. You’re all safe, okay?”
O’Reilly added: “There were no shots fired” and organisers Global Citizen took to Twitter to say “[everyone] is safe” before the event continued.
Later on, the festival organisers tweeted that an as yet unspecified number of people had been injured when the barrier had collapsed whilst also thanking the first responders “who ensured everyone’s safety and enabled the festival to go on.”