People were lining up as early as late Wednesday/early Thursday for the Star Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, which was held at 5:30PM PST Friday evening. This was pretty unbelievable, as it was already known that they wouldn’t be showing any new trailers for the movie. Then again, this is Star Wars we’re talking about here.
As it turns out, committing that much time to waiting in line was worth it for many. In addition to seeing the cast live and in person and being shown an excellent behind-the-scenes video focusing on the incredible practical effects being used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams invited the entire 6,500-person audience to a special concert of Star Wars music by San Diego Symphony nearby at Embarcadero Marina.
Those who attended the concert were given a glowing lightsaber to wave around joyously during the concert, and it was all wrapped up with a fireworks display. You can see some videos of the event below.
A quick visit to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and so on can lead to countless more videos and images of the event, but here’s a few videos to give you an idea of what it was like to attend the concert. The videos below cover the massive group of fans transferring from Hall H at Comic-Con to the concert (led by Stormtroopers, no less!), Abrams introducing cast members John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford (who entered using one of the glowing lightsabers as a cane to the great amusement of the crowd), a message from legendary Star Wars composer John Williams (who was unable to attend in person), and the fireworks grand finale, which is sure to make you wish you were there if the rest of the videos didn’t.