Stray Kids Miss Global Citizen Fest Due to Car Accident

Unforeseen circumstances reshape Global Citizen Festival's lineup

by Nouman Rasool
Stray Kids Miss Global Citizen Fest Due to Car Accident
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Stray Kids, a renowned K-pop band, made headlines recently following an unexpected twist that has affected their participation in the eagerly awaited Global Citizen Festival. Three prominent members of the band, namely Hyunjin, Lee Know, and Seungmin, were involved in a minor car accident on Wednesday.

The incident occurred as the trio was heading back to their residence post a scheduled activity. Although it was reported that no one suffered grave injuries, the members experienced some mild muscle pains and bruises. Taking no risks, the members sought immediate medical attention, and after a comprehensive medical assessment, professionals recommended a period of rest for their optimal recovery.

3RACHA to Replace Stray Kids

Due to the unfortunate incident, Stray Kids will be modifying their scheduled performance for the Global Citizen Festival slated for September 23. Instead of the full group's appearance, 3RACHA, a hip-hop sub-unit from the band, consisting of Bang Chan, Changbin, and HAN, will grace the stage in New York City.

The group's management, JYPE, expressed their sentiments, "We deeply regret to announce this change in the performance roster for the festival. Our top priority remains the health and wellbeing of our artists. We sincerely apologize to the fans and thank them for their understanding.

As always, we will ensure that the members receive the best care for a swift recovery." Global Citizen, the prestigious advocacy group behind the music festival, conveyed their support through a message on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

They stated, "Our heartfelt support goes out to Stray Kids and their global fanbase, affectionately known as Strays. We look forward to welcoming 3RACHA on stage." This year's Global Citizen Festival, set against the backdrop of NYC's iconic Central Park, boasts a star-studded line-up including Anitta, Jungkook from BTS, the legendary Ms.

Lauryn Hill, and the iconic Red Hot Chili Peppers. The festival has had its share of schedule shuffles, with Megan Thee Stallion recently withdrawing due to scheduling conflicts. Held as a free ticketed event, the festival champions crucial global causes, advocating for change in areas such as climate action, gender equality, and poverty alleviation.