What started on twitter as a simple pondering about whether it was possible to gather a group of people in Liverpool Street station to do the moonwalk in homage to Michael Jackson turned out to become one of the largest flashmobs London has ever seen and I can walk away knowing that I played my part in it.
We had to move the location of the flashmob from Liverpool Street Station (the original location) to the street outside the station because British Transport Police were not too happy with the large crowds converging to the station.
Me and my mate Louis arrived early around 5pm, to see Liverpool Street station filled with cops and paparazzi.
Paparazzi waiting for the Michael Jackson flashmob
Outside on the street there were around 50 odd early birds seemingly lost. There were 2 lovely buskers playing a piano non the wiser about what the fuss was about but were happy of the adulation the larger than usual crowd was giving them.
Buskers outside Liverpool Street Station on the day of the Flashmob
At around 5:50pm, out of nowhere 100s of people showed up from all directions. The cops stopped traffic and cleared the streets and allowed the crowd to flow on to the street.
Cops herding the flashmob on to the street
Everyone had their phones out clicking pictures of each other and the mob. The time was now 6pm and people started screaming “MJ…MJ….”. The speakers were set up and ready by 6:15pm…The crowd screamed in joy as Billie Jean was played out loud. White gloved hands started waving in the air to the music. There were a few tears but there was also a lot of joy as people felt connected to each other and to Jacko as the music vibes flowed through the crowd.
Part of the mob trying to get a better view of the rest of the mob
In the Twitter era, everyone is a cameraperson
I positioned myself right next to the speaker as Thriller was played next. The crowd started doing zombie moves. Thriller was followed by Bad as everyone got their boogie on.
Right in the middle of the flashmob by the speakers
A flashmob zombie dancing to Thriller
As Bad, the last of the three songs promised was played, the crowd wanted more. We agreed to play one last song if someone did the perfect moonwalk, a brave fan jumped in front of the crowd and did a moonwalk that got our approval. Smooth Criminal was played but 15 seconds in to the song due to a technical glitch it stopped.
We managed to appease the crowd by playing another rendition of Billie Jean, which got the crowd grooving again.
Belting out Billie Jean
Getting down to the Billie Jean groove
As soon as the song ended, there was a huge applause and the crowd dispersed just as fast as they had appeared.
A real well done to the cops and everyone who were there!!!
Still wondering how those lads got up those Telephone boxes