What was supposed to be a free concert featuring rapper Drake and pop group Hanson turned quite chaotic yesterday (June 15) when the crowd of thousands began to get a little anxious.
The concert, which took place at New York City’s South Street Seaport, took a turn for the worse as the crowd grew frustrated when the show had still not started an hour after its scheduled time.
The Wall Street Journal reports that fights broke out and objects like potted plants and chairs were being thrown off of the balcony at a restaurant in Seaport.
“People were frustrated because the concert didn’t start on time,” a concert attendee explained to the Wall Street Journal.
The concert was of course canceled by police following the disorder.
Drake posted various Tweets throughout the night updating fans and showing his disappointment following the cancelation of the concert.
“I am so dissapointed. To all the devoted fans that came out I wish you could have seen what I had planned! Until next time,” said Drake via Twitter.
Later that night Drake appeared at an album release party for his album Thank Me Later.
UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal further investigated Tuesday’s incident. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the newspaper, “They had the normal security detail…in place and it was just insufficient. We want to learn from this. We’re taking a hard look at it ourselves to see what the appropriate mechanism or configuration of that area should be [and] look at how this particular event was promoted.”
Between fans arriving at 5:30 pm, and Drake’s 7pm cancellation, property destruction, fights, and an uncontrollable crowd forced the New York Police Department to close the event.
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