29 September 2018 – Global Citizen Festival 2018 – Central Park, New York
I had not planned to get out the heavy artillery for this report, but following the events that occurred Saturday night at the Global Citizen Festival, I feel a little forced. You have probably failed, because the media did not tell, but within minutes of the performance of Janet Jackson, a sound like a gunshot caused incommensurate panic among the 60,000 spectators.
So I decided to return to this crazy woman all day, with the bonus the minutes of Janet Jackson concerts and The Weeknd. I did some photos and some videos, but I prefer to use the official content that is much more successful than mine to illustrate the chronic 😁. You will find mine at the end of the article as usual.
Opening the doors to be held in 14 hours. The day's program is known : Janelle Monáe, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Carbi B, Janet Jackson et The Weeknd. What big names! The first performance is scheduled for 16 hours. experience Afro Punk we learned that he had to be at least one hour to get to the festival venue, So we arrived at the edge of Central Park around 15 hours.
The safety instructions have not been followed by the spectators, it is necessary to count 2 at 3 Once more time to spend controls. It's a little less 2 hours we need to reach the access points! On the ticket, it was reported that the bags were strictly forbidden. However, the majority of spectators have and agents, forced to move the line, find themselves summarily check the content and yield to people with things they should not have them. It, it's to get you in the context. Remember that is the US 🙄.
Once on the Great Lawn of Central Park, is piled into compartmentalized zones. Given our arrival time, it is far enough in the park : So we try to sneak closer to the fence to see better what is happening on stage. This is huge. Fortunately, there are giant screens ! We just miss you heard singing John Legend « All Of Me » since the queue. This is Hugh Jackman who plays master of ceremonies. I am delighted to see in real life : I love it and more from "The Greatest Showman" ❤. If you have not seen this movie, I recommend it to you, because the soundtrack is great.
We understand that there is a large number of stakeholders from each service : politicians, contractors, activists, etc. because yes, the Global Citizen Festival is an event that citizen fight against extreme poverty in the world. And that, instead of asking for money like many other organizations, encourages people to participate in collective or individual actions (such as signing a petition, sending a tweet, etc.) All those involved in these actions receive compensation, as an invitation to the festival ...
Now that is in place, the real fun can begin. This is Shawn Mendes is announced on stage. I would not do a detailed review of its set, but I enjoyed his performance. I confess that I was still a bit mode "It is he who sings it? » when I heard « There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back » and « In My Blood », two songs that I love. I am happy, because it gives us the opportunity to see John Legend who sings « Youth » duo with Shawn.
It remains on scene about half an hour. Before the arrival of Cardi B. Hugh Jackman invites Keala Settle and gay choir from New York to interpret « This Is Me », a song from the soundtrack of "The Greatest Showman" I mentioned earlier. It's a real surprise to me! I am obviously delighted to hear the title battle. I'd love them to adapt the film to Broadway ❤. Carbi happens then B, a copy of Nicki Minaj ... model chic and elegance. Nevertheless, I still liked his performance. This is not fine, but you can listen 😂.
In the meantime, night fell ... it's the home stretch: arrival Janet is close ! Interventions are linked, And here is the drama. On commence to distinguish a mouvement de foule devant la scène. People are running right towards us shouting ... and within seconds is panic. We do not understand what is happening, but we do not think : we do like everyone else and runs away! The park is huge and I feel like it takes forever to get out, to shelter. Around us, viewers continue to evacuate the festival in panic, police tell us to leave as soon, we already hear sirens and helicopters. We imagine the worst 😨.
Once in the street, people are in a tizzy : some cry, others are on the phone with relatives, even hear some say that they heard gunshots ... it's just insane! I try to have more information on Twitter. A quarter of an hour later : Police issued a statement to explain that there is no danger, that the noise originated from the fall of a barrier. Is. I would not say otherwise, because I have not heard anything… But given the magnitude of panic, I wonder if he has had some viewers that ... explain that the noise of people crushing plastic bottles in their flight was also able to participate in the & rsquo; terror effect. I offer you to discover a video clip so that you are aware of what we experienced :
Images of panic at the Global Citizen Festival 2018
As this is a false alarm, I propose that we go back. I came to see Janet and The Weeknd ... I'll be disappointed not to be able to do. We find ourselves blocked at the checkpoint : Police made dam explaining that all exits are final. Lemis. At the same time, If the festival organizers had reacted faster : the crowd movement would not have been as chaotic and maybe we would not be released in fleeing for our lives. It will still took more than a quarter of an hour before they say anything. Before that, all the cops on the spot summoned us to leave, because the festival was over ⛔. SHORT.
I spare you the details and overheating of spectators to whom the place is forbidden… We tried several inputs and miracle, we managed to sneak in. It's simple, the 2/3 lawn are empty. There might be 10,000 people on 60,000 who were there a few minutes before. Sadly, you can not get closer, we are still stuck in our paddock, but it's better than being back home without seeing Miss Janet, which finally makes his entrance on stage 👍.
I'll be brief. I have already spoken of the show at the Panorama Festival, you can obviously go read the report by clicking the corresponding right here : Janet Jackson : State Of The World Tour 2018 – Panorama NYC Music Festival, New York (2018). The course is very similar to the concert I attended. The set starts on an introductory video that mixes archival footage in black and white and policy statements on topics like racism or discrimination. Janet Jackson is entering « The Skin Game (Part I) ». She wears an outfit sporty designée by Alexander Wang. His hairpiece gives it the appearance of a tigress. I love her look ❤. She followed with « The Knowledge » and « BURNITUP ! ». The atmosphere is hard to take after the incident that just took place ... Even me, I struggled to get into it as I waited for the show for days. It is shaped and shows with choreographed a medley of her most popular songs : « Nasty », « Feedback », « Miss You Much », « Alright » and « You Want This ».
After enjoying a well-deserved ovation, she opened the evening with a few words : « New York ! Are you ready to party? I SAID: ARE YOU READY TO PARTY? » It is a new medley which we have right now. It contains extracts « Control », « What Have You Done For Me Lately » and « The Pleasure Principle ». It occurs to 100 % 😍. A flat anyway : the playback seems obvious that at Panorama Festival : we are a little further and the gap between sound and image should probably play.
The concert continues with « Love Will Never Do (Without You) », « When I Think of You » and « All For You ». Around us, no crowd : the public does not seem to have decided to come back ... The set is shortened and a large segment of the show disappears. Too bad for "All Nite (Don’t Stop) », « So Much Betta » et « Throb », I would have liked to hear again. She takes with « Got ’til It’s Gone » where Q-Tip honored us with his presence! She disengage as quickly as he arrived to pick up on « That’s the Way Love Goes » 😂. Janet then we balance a video interlude in black and white where it slowly spreads her lipstick on her face, giving her battered woman air ... Like the first time, I find the effect malaisant. The show takes on « What About » on which it made in crates. It is on the edge of tears : I did not like it at all even if its interpretation, exceptionally, we hear her sing the band over.
We arrive in the latter part of the show I loved this summer, wherein it loose its side fierce. Attitude wild and sexy choreography are scheduled for « You Ain’t Right », « If » and « Scream », who finally managed to raise the dying audience ... She is boosted. It takes a few minutes to talk about domestic violence issues, history to be fitting with the theme of the festival, and continues with « Rhythm Nation », one of the best moments of the evening! It finally puts the public in his pocket with the still great « Together Again ». She also enjoys the opportunity to pay tribute to his recently deceased father and present his new title : « Made For Now » Guise final. I do not deny that this was the moment that I expected more. I love the song and I was sure he would have a place in the show! I invite you to discover my video on YouTube or watching the official uptake show slightly lower! She left the stage at the end of the song, and we are left to others equally boring than previous.
Setlist Janet Jackson : The Skin Game (Part 1) / The Knowledge / BURNITUP ! / Nasty / Feedback / Miss You Much / Alright / You Want This / Control / What Have You Done for Me Lately / The Pleasure Principle / Love Will Never Do (Without You) / When I Think of You / All For You / Got ’till it’s gone / That’s the Way Love Goes / What about / You Ain’t Right / If / Scream / Rhythm Nation / Together again / Made For Now
Janet Jackson Live @ Global Citizen Festival 2018 (set intégral)
we hold the right end ! The last performance of the evening is that of The Weeknd. In the meantime, we have the right of Dakota Johnson interventions (« 50 Shades Of Grey »), Naomi Campbell and even a singer Presta random, Sho Madjozi, announced as « the most exciting voice in the rap scene today ». Everyone thought it was Weeknd 😂. You should have seen our mouths, it was hilarious! We had already glimpsed the girl to shout loudly Afro Punk Zumba fashion in repeating « Wakanda Forever ! Wakanda Forever ! Wakanda Forever ! ». If you want to hurt you ... the song is here : « Wakanda Forever ». But the wait is over, Abel is ready to Begin!
The concert opens « Pray for Me », ironically extract the soundtrack of Black Panther 😂. A huge luminous ramp was installed a decor. I'm a fan of Janet, The Weeknd but crushes it in seconds with an incredible vocal performance and live berserk arrangements. The public already seems much more responsive. He followed with «Starboy», « Party Monster » and « Reminder ». The staging is simple, but all the elements manages to create different moods for each title. The play of light, accompanied by video projections, give drama to his performance.
It then interprets « Secrets » and « Can’t Feel My Face ». The atmosphere is great, the audience awake with these two titles a little more dynamic, but also due to the hyper lighting design. I love his performance and I manage almost forget the incident that occurred earlier in the evening. I'm happy to be back. He followed with « I Feel It Coming » I chose to film and post it on YouTube for the most curious of you. I had not listened to his songs long, and it really made me want to listen to his perfect discography ❤.
He uses the song to present musicians and invites us to rediscover one of his first pieces : « Wicked Games ». He then explained that the organizers pushes to finish the concert early, and chooses to interpret two more titles : one from his latest EP "My Dear Melancholy, » : « Call Out My Name » the public knows by heart and ... « The Hills », one of his most popular pieces, thus closing the evening. Obviously I'm leaving a bit disappointed with this set ultrashort, but given the exceptional circumstances, I'm already glad I could attend.
Setlist The Weeknd : Pray for Me / Starboy / Party Monster / Reminder / Secrets / Can’t Feel My Face / I Feel It Coming / Wicked Games / Call Out My Name / The Hills
The Weeknd Live @ Global Citizen Festival 2018 (set intégral)
Leaving Central Park, it comes face to face with a raccoon (I you put the photo in the gallery because it is too cabbage ❤). This is the first time I see one in town ... And to put our emotions, we share stuff yourself at McDonalds : the opportunity for us to return to this crazy day. I expected it to be a bit special : festivals, this is not my thing and with so many people, I was certain that there would be a bad time to go. But I was still far from suspecting what was to live during the evening! The event does not traumatized me, but clearly : I was afraid. I'm still happy to be back to attend the Janet Jackson concert and The Weeknd, because they are artists not seen much on stage and I was really time for them ...
Janet, I was not there ... I say honestly : I found a nice show, but much less than the time before the circumstances. I managed to hold on to the end, I have severe gets off the last part with « Scream », « Rhythm Nation », « Together Again » and « Made For Now », I dreamed to hear live. The girl assures, for sure. She has crazy charisma, a peach of hell, she danced from beginning to end ... it is frankly an artist who is underestimated by the general public. I hope the show will be exported to Europe, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy it too 👍.
Concernant The Weeknd, I am much less mixed (I had time to get over my emotions pending). Loved performance : it was simple and powerful, everything I hoped it. Nice work staging, this bright incline allowed to create totally different moods for each title. A hyper varied setlist, although hyper short as : He dug into his whole repertoire to show us the best of his disco. I would have liked to hear again "Nothing Without You" which I loved last year in Paris, but I have no regrets, because anyway, the title was not part of the original setlist this tour 😂.
I think I would remember a long time from this experience. I'm not sure you want to return next year ... We'll see depending on the line-up. If it is not done yet, I invite you to experience the performance of both artists and leave your comments here or on social networks, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We meet in the week with an artist who made his comeback on stage after 10 year absence. You see who I'm talking ?