'I can't risk my life' - Security plagues Pharrell's 'Something in the Water' festival |  VTOP News

‘I can’t risk my life’ – Security plagues Pharrell’s ‘Something in the Water’ festival | VTOP News

A large number of visitors to the Farrell festival “Something in the Water” complained that the event was overcrowded, overheated and that they were worried about their safety.

While Farrell Williams’ “Something in the Water” festival echoed in Washington this weekend, a large number of visitors complained that they were worried about their safety at the event.

Katerra Shackelford bought her three-day passes for $ 400 and flew in from Tampa, Florida to attend the festival. But after unpleasant experiences on Friday and Saturday, she told VTOP that she will not return for the last day of the festival.

“Both days were terrible,” Shekelford said. “I have nowhere to sit. No shade. There is no water. Even if you try to get to the bathroom, you can’t get to it. It was bullshit. “

Describing herself as a fanatic of music festivals, Sheckelford said that she was at various festivals, but none of them was as bad as her experience on “Something in the Water”.

“The difference between this festival and other festivals is that it is not safe,” she said. “It’s so crowded that you can’t get through the crowd. People are breaking through the crowd because they are angry that they can’t pass. It’s just very narrow passages. “

Many people believe that the festival venue and staff could not stand about 28,000 ticket holders and that a dangerous overcrowding was inevitable.

a ‘fenced’ pile

Sheckelford said that while she was in the crowd between the performances, she saw a man trying to break through the barricade who was beaten by the event staff while he was still in the crowd.

She also described seeing several people who fainted during the events – caused by heat, dehydration, exhaustion and intoxication – but without an urgent medical reaction.

“You expect the staff of the event to be safe. “You expect doctors to come if someone calls for help,” Shekelford said. “As someone who goes to festivals … you expect that there will be security protocols. And it was clear and obvious that they were not there. The staff was untrained. ”

Numerous Twitter users complained about overcrowding and security concerns – they were denied re-entry after leaving the 1festival for a short time to get rid of the overcrowding and heat. Many are asking for a refund.

Ngeri Nnachi of Bowie, Maryland, said she felt overwhelmed by the chaotic, fenced-in audience, and event staff said they would be able to re-enter the room when they returned to see Pharel’s performance. When she returned, the police and security told her that no one was allowed to enter.

“In the end, another person told us to go to the second entrance on 7th Street, and when we got there, another crowd gathered that was not allowed to enter,” Nnachi said. Sam I caught a policeman on the tape telling us that no one will be allowed in so we can contact the box office where we bought the tickets… I started talking to people who came out who said they were inside in a panic, stuck in a crowd of people who choking. ”

Nnachi, who never returned to the concert, said that because of the frustrating experience, she decided not to attend Sunday’s events.

“In the end, I had to watch clips of Farrell and a friend from the live broadcast, while I was incredibly upset to be outside,” she said. “I can’t believe I paid so much money that in the end I didn’t see the ones I wanted to see.

Personal items and personal security

Other visitors to the concert on Twitter claimed that their phones had been stolen.

Remi, from Maryland, told VTOP that she thinks the festival is too crowded to be safe.

“There [were] so many people that you couldn’t even move to get to the water stations or even stand in line for food. It was too crowded, ”she said.

As temperatures jumped to a high 90 on Friday, Remi said she overheated and sweated profusely while at the festival. But when she tried to escape from the crowded crowd to access the free water, she could not because of the barricades.

In addition to security concerns, festival goers also complained of sound distortion and long delays in the event schedule. Sheckelford says she did not get to see one of her favorite artists and headliners on the first day of the festival, Asher, because his performance was three hours late.

And while she enjoyed the musicians, Sheckelford said she would never attend the “Something in the Water” festival again – or future festivals in Washington.

“I can’t risk my life. It’s just not safe. “

VTOP addressed the event organizers for comment.

Gigi Barnett of VTOP and Joshua Barlow contributed to this story.

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