Westfield web site gave some details for those wanting to come along, which include: The queue will open from 7.00am – no overnight camping is recommended. 500 wristbands will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and you must be the holder of a wristband to enter the signing queue in The Atrium. Did you notice the key word recommended? Not the “allowed” that many posting nasty comments on Dorothy Perkins Facebook page thought they’d read. In the FAQ further down the page it stresses the point with: Q. How many wristbands are available? 500 wristbands are available on a first come, first served basis.
Over all I’d say Westfield security did an extremely good job. They opened a second separate car park zone allowing people that would fill the second half of the The Atrium to come inside. The staff communicated well with people and more importantly listened to what was said. When I spotted a minor issue in the early morning that impacted the welfare of the girls it was passed up the ranks and something implemented immediately.
Kardashian lace trench coat. I’d have loved to be one of the official photographers but I was there for Sophie. I had planned to go with the dSLR but had a last minute request to keep it behind, so only had the G11 to shoot with as both of our iPhones had gone flat.
Sophie was over the moon to get the signed photos and find that I’d been given double the goody bag gifts by mistake. More goodies to share with her friends that hadn’t been able to get into the 500.
To sum up, it was clear that they took the event very seriously. The mass of radio mics in use, the numbers of security staff on duty, the type of barriers that had been installed for crowd control, the way things were organised, it all showed that they’d invested a lot of time and money to get it right. Congratulations Kardashians, Dorothy Perkins and Westfield, I think you did a fantastic job.
To the “fans” that got hysterical, violent, shouted at staff or posted nasty messages early morning when they realised they’d not got in, You let yourself down. Learn from the event and go to the next one, whoever it may be with, better prepared and with a more mature outlook. It’s a numbers game, there are no guarantees in life. Do what it takes to make the odds more in your favour but in a socially acceptable way.