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Brit Awards Break In

Students Sneak in to VIP Awards Do

The Brit Awards is one of the best places to see all your favourite artists come together in one room. But with tickets reaching prices of £159 this year, it’s no wonder students Becca and Dina decided to try their luck with getting in for free.

Two nights before the big event, Becca Egerstrom, a student studying Film Production at the University of Portsmouth, approached housemate Dina Jalaf, a student studying Architecture, to ask what her plans were for the night of the Brit Awards. This conversation became the beginning of their once in a lifetime adventure of being VIP guests to one of the top music nights of the year.

After having carried out extensive research into the design of the previous accepted passes into the event, the next day the two stocked up on materials from the local art shop and got to creating. Using photoshop and a manner of other artistic platforms, they worked together over the course of six hours (staying up until two o’clock in the morning) to complete their designs in the hope that their’s weren’t differing too much from the original. Once the train tickets were booked and they’d purchased fake journalist equipment to act as their disguise, the friends recall saying that was the “point of no return” for them: “No turning back”.

“On approaching the entrance, they faked a phone call in order to get a better look at the doors and noticed there was only one security guard on the inside of the entrance to the arena after the initial line of five to six guards outside.”

On the next morning, Dina drilled holes in the passes to accommodate lanyards in the five passes they had produced to allow for any scenario they could be faced with. After spending the day preparing for the night ahead, the girls headed to the O2 Arena in full costume with their ‘VIP passes’. On approaching the entrance, they faked a phone call in order to get a better look at the doors and noticed there was only one security guard on the inside of the entrance to the arena after the initial line of five to six guards outside. Once the guards were distracted, the girls saw their chance to slip through to be greeted by the single guard inside.

The guard asked to see their tickets – catastrophe. It turned out that the VIPs were issued separate tickets alongside the accredited pass, but after name-dropping some management that they had previously researched, Becca and Dina were admitted entry on the sole basis that the guard believed their fake passes to be real. Not knowing where they were going, the girls found themselves in the VIP backstage dinner section and spent some time there. After this they decided to try their luck in getting into the actual show and, finding the entrance to the floor, they thought out their next move in attempting to get past the twenty security scanners and over one hundred security guards.

Having deliberated the move for a short while, the girls took the beginning of Little Mix’s performance as a now or never moment and, as Becca describes it as “simply pure luck”, there were three cameramen headed for the entrance ahead of them. The girls rushed to get behind them and flashed their passes to the guards, just as the crew had in front, granting them entry into the main show. The entrance, again, took them to the VIP section where the celebrities sat for the duration of the night. The pair decided not to try their luck here and headed towards the public seating instead.

“They were approached by a single security guard in that area who asked them to check their tickets but after showing her the VIP passes, the guard apologised for disturbing them and left them be.”

The girls went through many seating sections in and attempt at finding seats that were free. Security guards questioned them along the way until they eventually found three free rows of seating. They were approached by a single security guard in that area who asked them to check their tickets but after showing her the VIP passes, the guard apologised for disturbing them and left them be. This is where they sat for the remainder of the night, being lucky enough to watch acts such as Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Robbie Williams.

Although the night could have gone very differently, this is definitely an unrecommended way to get into an event you can’t pay for. Although it’s a story that will pass through the family, becoming idols of confidence and deities of pure luck.

Having asked Becca and Dina whether they would try again next year they responded saying:
“Honestly, probably not and we wouldn’t recommend it as it was genuine pure fluke to get in at the exact times that we did. The security at the event was very high and buying a ticket would have saved us a lot of time, stress and sweat! It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience although we won’t completely say no to next year. Who knows when we’ll feel as spontaneously stupid again?”

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