Thousands of Nicki Minaj fans were left disappointed after she was forced to leave a planned meet and greet in London after being harassed by fans outside the venue.
uperfans flew in from around the world to see the rap superstar, 39, take the stage at Sunday’s Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park but some were unable to enter as the gates closed early due to overcrowding issues .
Hours after the event, Minaj announced she would be hosting a random meet and greet at Cafe Koko in Camden on Monday, prompting crowds of fans to flock to the venue in the early hours of the morning hoping visible Super Bass Singer.
She initially told her 198 million Instagram followers that she would arrive at 12pm, which was later pushed back to 2pm and when she attempted to enter the venue just before 6pm, The police had to form a wall around her as fans flocked to see her. .
Police had to escort Minaj back to her car before she could enter the location.
Before she attempted to arrive, a select few were allowed into Cafe Koko after a few hours while thousands lined up outside in the heat of more than 30 degrees Celsius (86F) in the hope of seeing the rapper.
Among the crowd was Imenella, 34, from Sweden, who flew with her friend to the UK to see the rapper perform at Wireless on Sunday.
However, due to their flight being delayed, they arrived at the festival at 6pm and were not allowed to enter despite having tickets because the gates closed early due to the overcrowding that forced dozens of policemen to deploy.
Imenella described the situation as a “disaster” recalling how some fans jumped over fences to enter the venue.
She told the PA news agency: “When the first song played (up) we were standing outside, I just started crying, I was so sad.”
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Swedish fans had hoped the meet and greet would make up for the missed festival and added that they would not be returning to the Wireless festival again after their experience.
The rapper’s much-anticipated title set was also delayed by 30 minutes and had to end abruptly at 9:30 p.m. due to a curfew.
Alex Ronald, 21, from Glasgow, told PA he was “disappointed” with his entire experience as he left the Camden site early at around 4pm to catch the train home after queuing up since before 7pm. am.
He explained how he and his friend had to deal with being “squeezed” at the festival the day before, describing the situation as a “nightmare”.
While 22-year-old Alydia, who had flown herself in from Amsterdam to see Minaj perform, recounted how several people were “trampled” during the festival and dragged out by security due to safety concerns and when people who “fainted”.
She told PA that she felt Wireless Festival staff and security were “trying their best” in the situation but the crowd was enthusiastic.
Despite that situation, many fans said they had “no sympathy” for Minaj and praised her performance during her headlines.
Minaj’s Wireless performance is part of a historic all-female run of the weekend – with Cardi B topping the bill on Friday while SZA closes on Saturday.
The organizers of the Wireless Festival and representatives of Minaj have been contacted for comment.
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