Find out the details on why Kanye West pop up got shut down on the flip…
Not since the days of Prince and his late night pop up announcements have we seen crowds of thousands in hopes to see the Grammy-winning artist. Fans of Ye packed the sidewalk and streets outside a Manhattan concert hall for hours early Monday after his scheduled show at the Governors Ball, since an area outdoor music festival, was canceled Sunday due to a forecast of severe weather.
Fans went wild after Virgil Abloh, West’s creative director, wrote online at 10 p.m. Sunday:
“We’re doing PABLO at 2 am in Manhattan. sorting out where now.”
West had been set to perform songs from his seventh studio album, “The Life of Pablo,” at the festival. He performed earlier that day at the 2016 Hot 97 Summer Jam in New Jersey. Though a location for the surprise concert was never disclosed, fans began to gather shortly after Abloh’s announcement outside Webster Hall, a large music venue in the East Village.
Music lovers are very smart and shortly after Galantis show ended at Webster Hall rumors of the secret concert quickly circulated on social media. Fans immediately knew it was West. An hour before the 2am venue time neared fans crammed themselves shoulder to shoulder outside Webster Hall. Dozens of New York police vehicles and officers encircled them.
Take a look at fans at the Kanye West pop up:
The crowd of locals and tourists bellowed chants of the rapper’s name and took Snapchat videos of the chaotic scene. Roars rippled through as celebrities, including hip-hop star ASAP Rocky, pushed through the mass.
But before the performance was even made official, West and the venue tried to deter the waiting fans.
“Show at 2am SOLD OUT,” West tweeted just after 1 a.m.”
“There is no late show at Webster Hall tonight. Please get home safely,” the concert hall tweeted at 1:45 a.m., just before the event had been supposed to start.
When a voice on a bullhorn told the crowd a concert was “not happening,” fans could be heard shouting expletives.
But they held out hope.
It wasn’t until authorities apparently used dispersal tactics around 2:30 a.m. that a notable number began to leave.
Several fans covered their mouths and keeled over, saying something like tear gas or pepper spray had been deployed. New York police told CNN they did not use tear gas or pepper spray outside the concert hall.
Kim Kardashian proved that there was an event at Webster Hall since she took to SnapChat to apologize for trying to make his pop up concert work.
— Teresa Priolo (@Fox5Teresa) June 6, 2016
According to fans the night ended with a horde of disappointed fans and allegations that police used pepper spray to disperse them. Are NYPD not being honest and trying to cover up the pepper spray usage?
Is this what its come to, when artists do pop ups?