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As many of you fellow k-pop fans and inspirits know, Infinite performed in NYC November 16, 2013; however, there was an issue that not only affected the boys, but fans as well. Unfortunately, the concert led injured fans- including…
dongwoo (and yeol) telling fans in the pit to
calm the fuck downbe more careful
I originally wasn’t going to write a fan account because words couldn’t describe how much disappointment I felt when going through this whole ordeal at the Infinite concert in NYC. Even from the line to the pit, the security guards and the venue, I can’t describe the amount of disappointment I felt from the actions of the people around me. But I thought, maybe even if only a few people read this, it might help to change the trend that I’ve been seeing at concerts lately.
I’ll skip over the drama that went on in the lines for now. But all I gotta say is cutting is not cool. And seriously, why is it getting to the point where to be in the front you have to be there the night before. It’s crazy.
And as for the venue staff and security guards, all in all, unhelpful and woefully unprepared.
Anyway, my friends and I had been waiting in line since 5am, so in the pit we were pretty close to the front. We were about 3-4 lines in. Of course as more and more people filled in, the more tight it got. Well for the most part the people around me were actually nice. We were all trying to stop the pushing and kinda form a circle around us and keep together. Mind you, I hadn’t met these people before, we weren’t in the line together. But we kinda just bonded because we all had the same mentality of lets not get crazy.
So we were let in around 6pm and we had another 2 hrs before the concert started. Probably only after 30 min, was when things started getting tight, and one of the girls behind me to the right was like I can’t do this, and she left the pit because she was about to faint. Another girl off to the left of me had to get picked up out of the crowd. The concert hadn’t even begun yet!
Things started getting concerning when the girl directly behind me couldn’t breathe. She started swaying and hyperventilating. Now, I just graduated from nursing school and got my nursing license, and I’m also very maternal, so automatically my concern for her shot through the roof. I tried calming her down and luckily one of the girls around us had been able to sneak in a water bottle (can you believe that none of the security guards could bring her water!?! if we wanted water we had to go buy it for $6 regardless if we were feeling faint or not) So her hands were contracting and she couldn’t hold the water bottle, so I ended up holding her up as I tipped the water into her mouth. My other friend was trying to fan her off, and the two girls in front of me were trying to give her tips to calm her down while also fanning her. We all decided that it definitely would help if she moved to the front so she could breathe. I was very scared that she would collapse, or worse go into a panic attack or a seizure, as she was starting to show signs of it. Now all of us who were helping her had no idea who she was, all we knew was that she needed our help and so we did what we could. The girls in the front did not care at all. I literally was holding this girl up asking for their help, and they didn’t even pay attention. The concert hadn’t even begun, so it baffled me why they wouldn’t let this girl to the front, at least for now. All she needed was to get air so she can get her wits about her. The concert had an hour before it would start. But no, they only cared about being in the front. Eventually my friend and I got pissed off and my friend yanked one of the girls to the side and I pushed the girl forward so she could get some air. We also flagged down the security guards. At that point my friend and I looked at each other and we were just like we can’t do this. If all this is happening before the concert, I can’t imagine what it will be like during it. And so we voluntarily left our spots and went to the back. And from the fan acct I reblogged earlier, it did get worse and we were lucky we made it out before shit went crazy.
Going in, I had a group of probably 7-10 ppl, and we ended up getting split when we were let into the venue. But by the end of the concert, literally all of us had left the pit and came to the back. The amount of early entry wristbands I saw in the back as well, let me know that others were not feeling the viciousness going on either.
Which brings me to this, fans, PLEASE don’t lose your compassion for other people. As a fandom, we are supposed to look out for each other and be friends. I’ve been lucky that with each concert I make new friends, but I also see that more and more fans are becoming selfish and vicious. It makes me really sad and concerned. The fact that people are so selfish that they would rather let someone faint and collapse, just so they could be closer to their idols, fills me with immense hopelessness for the kpop fandom. What is supposed to be a fun concert for the fans and the idols have turned into battlegrounds where every person is for themselves. Even the idols themselves are getting involved. For both BAP and Infinite, they stopped and specifically told us to calm down. I can’t imagine what would’ve happened to this girl had she not been surrounded by people willing to help her.
Please, let’s keep it fun and friendly. That’s what being part of a fandom is for. We are here for each other and to support our idols. Not tear each other apart. Otherwise, we are heading towards a dangerous road, and before we know it, idols will be dreading concerts and dealing with crazy fans. Let’s keep it classy!
So I haven’t been on tumblr in a while but I just thought I should put this out there…
[WARNING]: This is solely my experience and my point of view from being in the pit. If you don’t want to read a horrifying experience then I would suggest you not continue.
The beginning of my weekend was great. I went to MTV K, though I didn’t get selected, I got to stand outside and it was still amazing [fanaccount later]. While waiting at MTV K I met some really great people and even re-united with some Babys I met at B.A.P LOE NYC. The next morning on the day of the concert we all found each other again and lined up together, getting ready to wait the 12+ hrs until we can see our beloved Infinite. It was really fun, it didn’t seem like that long of a wait because we all talked, played games, had jam out sessions to kpop songs and just had a great time getting to know each other.
The time came for early admission to be let into the venue and at first it wasn’t bad. I went to B.A.P LOE so I was prepared for what was to come… or so I thought. After we were admitted into the venue, Infinite MVs were being projected on a big screen and everyone was squished but it was tolerable, it is the pit after all. After an hour or so general admission was finally being let in and that’s when it started getting a little more hectic. People were trying to push their way to the front. It was fine at first, a little push and shove, nothing you don’t expect. My older sister, however, couldn’t stand all the body heat and it was making her nauseous so she gave up her spot, before the concert even started. She tried making her way to the back but people were being rude and wouldn’t let her move even though she wanted to give up her spot. She eventually shoved her way past them and I called to check up on her to make sure she was okay (which she was as soon as she got to the back, thank goodness). It was just my younger sister and I now.
Not long after, the pit started getting out of hand from all the excitement and I began to find it difficult to breathe. Eventually, I began to show signs of a panic attack from lack of air and I tried to fight it. Security wanted to pull me out but I told them I would be fine as long as I got some air and water. Some Inspirits around me were extremely kind and showed a lot of concern and they helped me get through it, one of them even gave me the last of her water bottle. They asked the people in front to let me through just for a while so that I catch my breath. Those in front weren’t having it though. I saw my younger sister crying out of concern and at how rude these girls in front of me were being. They fought with me and cursed at me, security helped pulled me up and allowed me to recollect myself. After the security left the same girls pushed me away and cursed me out. I was extremely angry, I told them I would’ve given them their spot back I just needed to breathe for a little bit, but they didn’t care, they ignored me and chose to pretend it didn’t happen.
The concert started, Infinite was incredible, but then the situation began to spiral downhill. People pushed in every way to try to get close to Infinite. Many girls around my younger sister and I started passing out and we were trying to get them to security for help. I remember seeing bits and pieces of Infinite performing but most of the time I was focused on these girls. The whole pit was moving like a massive tidal wave. People were falling, getting trampled and screaming for help. Everyone at that point, in my section of the pit, was trying to get out for their own safety. We were helping one girl after another. I think at least 5 girls were pulled past me, over the barricade and carried out by security (including the girls who helped me earlier :/ )
The situation became more and more crazy as Infinite continued to perform. More girls lost consciousness and the most disappointing part was that NO ONE cared enough to help. We were trying so hard to get these girls out. We kept screaming for security but they could barely hear us. NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON MADE ROOM FOR THESE GIRLS. Everyone ignored around us ignored what was going on and kept trying to record Infinite. You could see the concern in Infinite’s eyes, as much as they tried not to show it. You knew they weren’t completely enjoying themselves as they were witnessing what was going on in the pit. It was completely mortifying.
One girl fainted behind me and my sister and I kept yelling for security and telling people to move aside but no one cared. I watched that girl’s body sink into the crowd onto the floor because we didn’t have enough strength to fight against the masses to hold her up. I saw her friend crying and screaming for everyone to move. I tried to keep my arms spread so that no one could push pass but with everyone pushing this didn’t last very long. It was worse when the lights went out because no one could see and all you could hear were cries and screams of bloody murder. When the lights came back on, Infinite was now background music as I tried to help the girl that was on the ground. I was crying, telling people to please make room so we could get her up and out to security. NO ONE LISTENED. Everyone continued to squish together and close in on her. Security came and tried to pull the girl out but no one made room which made the security’s job harder. I saw her legs, arms, and even head being stepped on. I looked up now and then to tell people to move and I saw the faces of crying girls. All of them screaming as I was screaming for people to get off. I saw the faces of the girls who were panicking and wanting to get out. All of them crying. All of them screaming help me… All of their hands reaching out for security, it was like watching everyone get trapped in a burning building being burned alive…
I kept trying to help her up but people were pushing me down. I was trying hard to pull myself and the girl up. There were elbows in my neck, people yanking on my hair, phones and hands being shoved in my face. At one point I started smacking everyone’s arms and hands away. I was so angry that they could just selfishly keep trying to record even if it meant shoving their elbows in my neck while I was trying to help this girl. Eventually got her to security after so much struggle. All that commotion caused me to become dizzy and nauseous (especially with people crushing me and choking me), I turned to see a glimpse of Infinite H about to perform and I turned back to my sister and said I couldn’t do it anymore. My sister wanted to get out too. She told everyone to move because I was going to throw up and no one gave a sh*t. I honestly was going to throw up but I didn’t want to throw up on anyone so I just swallowed it and tried to make my way out. This is when I began to lose consciousness and my sister noticed my shirt was completely torn open, exposing my chest and my leggings were pulled down as well. We both agreed to leave but then another girl start hyperventilating and she ended up peeing herself (some of her piss got on my leg… ) I wanted to throw up even more and I tried to push my way through to the back. After I finally got to the back (with no help from anyone else) I realized I lost my sister along the way and I was terrified because I didn’t want her to end up like the girl I was trying to help. I turned to go back and I ended up blacking out.
I woke up again outside the ballroom to a paramedic who was trying to ask me questions and help me cover up my exposed chest as I regained consciousness. I saw 20-30 girls already out there being bandaged, crying, calling their parents. It then hit me that my sister was still not out here, so I panicked and tried to go back in but the paramedics wouldn’t let me. They told me they would tell security to find her. I was barely conscious but I could hear the concert still going on and this upset me so much. I started crying at the fact that my younger sister could still be in that pit and could be unconscious with no one to help her. The number of injured girls kept increasing. After a long time I finally saw security carry out someone who looked familiar and I realized it was my sister when I called out to her and she looked up. I ran over to her and hugged her, both of us hysterically crying. I was so worried she might have been hurt badly. We sat together for a while and was allowed back in after the paramedics checked our vitals to make sure everything was okay. We ended up going back in to see Infinite perform BTD until the end. Which was probably only a few minutes before the encore, unfortunately.
This was probably one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. The saddest part was no one had the humanity in them to help. They were acting like a bunch of savages. For those who thought the pit for B.A.P LOE - NYC was bad, it was nothing compared to this. This was life threatening. At least when people fainted in the pit at LOE, Babys were nice enough to clear that space and make a path for security to come and get the girls. Security could easily walk through and just pick them up. This was not the case for infinite. Those so called “Inspirits” could not give two f**ks about anyone. They just let them sink to the floor and stepped all over them so they could keep recording. It was horrible. I’m so ashamed that Infinite had to see all this happen. (Turns out there’s a rumor that some of these girls in the front of the pit were sasaengs; apparently they had pepper spray and knives threatening anyone who got in the way of their recording)
I lost my phone in this whole dilemma and even though a lot of people lost their phones some people after the concert were actually nice enough to either find the owner or give it to the lost and found. Thanks to the “Inspirit” who picked up mine and didn’t have the decency to return it. THANKS :)))
I was really looking forward to attending this concert with my two sisters for the longest.We were so excited when it was announced and I can honestly say I did not enjoy that night at all. I will never be able to erase the faces and screams of those girls. I can’t even look at Infinite or listen to their songs right now because I just get flashbacks to that horrifying experience. I’ve been to kpop concerts and it was nothing like this. It’s also really sad that this was my younger sister’s first kpop concert and she had to go through this.
That night, I honestly thought to myself, I don’t want to be an Inspirit anymore…
I just wanna give the BIGGEST thank you to all those who helped me in the beginning. I’m glad some of you made it out before it went insane. If you didn’t I hope you’re okay. I hope everyone in that pit is okay, especially the girls who fainted and all the girls who were out there with me receiving medical care.
Please don’t let my fanaccount ruin anything for you. If you enjoyed the concert, I’m truly happy for you and glad you didn’t have to go through this. If you haven’t been to one yet or are planning to go, don’t let this ruin it for you. I hope you have an amazing experience but please remember to be careful and that your life and health come first ♥
/SCREAMSSSSSS I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M GOING TO SEE THEM IN 2 WEEKS
I will go on a following spree after my midterms but for now I am on a HIATUS sorry sweeties