Tampa, FL – A free XXXTENTACION concert was canceled on Saturday night (September 2) after too many fans turned up at the show’s venue in Tampa, Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The concert was scheduled to go down at The Orpheum — a 750-person-capacity venue in Ybor City, Tampa. But large crowds of fans reportedly flooded the surrounding streets in an attempt to watch the controversial 19-year-old musician perform.
Ahead of when the concert was scheduled to start, the show’s promoter, Dope Entertainment, announced the cancellation via Twitter, revealing that the local fire department had deemed the concert a safety hazard.
Tonight's show has been cancelled due to the fire department deeming it a safety hazard. Sorry to all those that came out.
— Dope Entertainment (@RealDopeEnt) September 3, 2017
After the cancellation, swarms of fans flooded the streets and proceeded to chant, “We want X!” with police eventually breaking up the crowds. Steve Hegarty told the Tampa Bay Times there were “no injuries, no transports and no arrests.”
Following the show’s cancellation, X reportedly took to Instagram to address the situation. The posts have since been deleted.
“Tampa, my deepest apologies, I drove all the way down here, I drove four hours just to basically have the show canceled on me,” he said in a series of Instagram posts, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Apparently because it was over capacity, there was at least 3,000 to 4,000 of you outside, and . . . the venue only could support 750. As far as the new free show, I’m going to try to and get a free show going, but that was the only venue that wanted to work with me, but you just bear with me, I’m going to try to work this out. For now the show is canceled, not due to my choice, it was just the venue, and the fire marshal said we could not do the show, so the show is canceled … my deepest apologies.”
This isn’t the first time an XXXTENTACION concert has ended in controversy. In early June, X was jumped and knocked out on stage in San Diego. A few weeks later, he was scheduled to play in Chicago but the show was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances” but fans still went wild outside the venue.
HipHopDX put together a detailed timeline of all the antics from X’s Revenge Tour here.
He’s still awaiting trial on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim.