At the end of the epic Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, director J.J. Abrams announced a surprise free concert of Star Wars music for the 6,500 fans in attendance — happening immediately after the panel was over.
So over 6,000 people slowly exited the panel and walked roughly half a mile to the Embarcadero Park outdoor concert venue behind the Convention Center.
The crowd was led by a legion of stormtroopers headed by Kevin Doyle, a man who walked more than 500 miles to Comic-Con in honor of his late wife, a major Star Wars fan.
Everyone appeared to behave kindly and politely, even though it took roughly 75 minutes for everyone to arrive at the venue.
Everyone was issued a special pass for the concert, which included a tearaway ticket…
…that could be redeemed for a free (toy) lightsaber.
(It was a lot of lightsabers.)
Finally, after everyone had arrived and had time to settle in, Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy took to the stage.