Chris Martin helped calm a terrified crowd at the Global Citizen Festival age after barrier collapse sparked widespread panic.
The Coldplay frontman was performing at the event in Central Park, New York, on Saturday night, when the front barrier fell.
The loud crash sparked fears that there was a gunman at the show and people began fleeing for the exit.
Event curator Chris Martin reassured Global Citizen attendees there had not been a shooting after a barrier fell at the New York concert Saturday night
Martin and NYPD Assistant Chief Kathleen O’Reilly quickly took the stage to calm everyone and reassure them that no shots were fired.
‘There’s no need to push people out of the way,’ he told them.
‘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?’ event curator, Martin, said with his hand on his heart, prompting loud cheers from the audience. ‘I just want to tell you that. As far as I know, when you guys are ready, we can watch Janet Jackson.’
One woman was seen being carried out on a stretcher as others watched from behind a barrier
After the 41-year-old got the crowd settled, the concert was able to continue with performances from the likes of Cardi B, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd Jackson.
‘There were NO SHOTS FIRED at #GlobalCitizenFestival. The sound was a fallen barrier. @NYPDCentralPark @GlblCtzn’ New York Police Department explained via Twitter.
While Martin performed, his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow was getting remarried.
The actress said ‘I do’ to her new husband Brad Falchuk at her Hamptons home.
Martin, who was married to Paltrow for ten years with whom he shares daughter Apple, 14, and 12-year-old son Moses, may not have attended but it was still a celebrity studded event with Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Cameron Diaz and Robert Downey Jr. all in attendance
Many people thought there had been a shooting in Central Park and NYPD explained attendees were safe
Martin told the audience ‘nobody is trying to hurt anybody’ at the politically-charged event
Martin speaks onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in Central Park on September 29
It caused many people to speculate on Twitter where the concert was a trending topic.
Approximately 60,000 people filled the park’s Great Lawn as some speakers asked the audience to call their Congress members to react to this week’s Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the politically-charged event.
‘You can hear a commotion in the audience and they just escorted the guests off the stage. What is going on,’ TV host Makho Ndlovu wrote.
She added that Cynthia Erivo was onstage singing and they just asked her to stop singing.
Approximately 60,000 people filled the park’s Great Lawn and many had no idea what was going on
Panic was on the faces of many in the audience as people scrambled to get to the exit
NYPD was on hand to calm spectators who gathered to see popular music acts
MSNBC broadcast the concert and cut to commercial as the crowd dispersed and ran for the exit in a panic
Commentators on MSNBC which was televising the gig, explained that the crowd dispersed when a spotlight beamed in their direction.
‘You can obviously see the spotlights turned on and people started running toward us at the MSNBC stage. Towards the exit … it was chaotic for a moment but things have calmed down now,’ the commentator said.
The kerfuffle lead to the TV station halting the airing until everything was straightened out.
One tweeter wrote: ‘WHAT JUST HAPPENED!? Fellow new yorkers fill me in!!! We saw screaming and running on tv & it cut to a commercial.’
Twitter users questioned what happened during the event as panic ensued
The NYPD tweeted that no one was shot during the incident after people heard the loud sound
Cardi B was one of the acts that performed at the event before the barrier collapsed
Janelle Monae was one of the performers at Global Citizen before the incident
John Legend took to the stage to address the crowd and sing his popular songs
Kal Penn, Robert De Niro, Rachel Brosnahan, and Hugh Jackson appeared at the event earlier
The show resumed by 8pm as the official Twitter page posted: ‘Stay calm, everyone. A barrier fell at the #GlobalCitizen Festival in Central Park, but the show is back on.’
Janet Jackson kicked things off again with her set and joined The Weeknd in headlining the festival.
Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Janelle Monáe also performed at the gathering.
Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Republican Senator Jeff Flake and John Legend urged spectators to get involved in the nation’s troubled politics.
It reminds world leaders to fulfill their obligation to achieve the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development and end extreme poverty by 2030.
The Weeknd was one of the headlining acts who performed after the barrier collapsed
Janet Jackson was one of the headlining acts who performed after the barrier collapsed