Unruly Crowds Force Cancellation of Free Drake Concert in NYC

Unruly Crowds Force Cancellation of Free Drake Concert in NYC
A free performance by Canuck rap sensation Drake scheduled to take place in Manhattan yesterday (June 15) was cancelled after twice the amount of expected guests showed up for the event.

As the Associated Press reports, the show started around 6 p.m., when an opening act took the stage at Manhattan's South Street Seaport. Drake and second supporting act Hanson (remember?) were scheduled to appear soon after, but the show was called to a halt when 20,000 people - double the expected crowd of 10,000 - arrived, climbing roofs and scaling walls for a chance to see the rapper in person.

As witness Tamika Johnson told the Daily News newspaper, "People in the front started leaving because they were getting crushed."

Around 7 p.m., concert organizers asked New York police to disperse the crowds, during which two people were arrested on minor charges and six were found to have minor injuries.

Paper magazine, who put the show on as part of their ongoing "Sounds Like Paper" concert series, kept twittering throughout the show ("It's a total madhouse - in a good way," "get off the roof!"), and afterwards, apologized on their website, posting, "Wow, the crowd was much larger than we anticipated, and unfortunately the show was canceled. But we will make it up to you guys!"

Drake also issued a statement about the incident, telling AllHipHop.com, "I am humbled by the crowd that showed up in support of my performance and the release of Thank Me Later. I love performing for my fans but unfortunately the show was cancelled by the NYPD due to overcrowding, leaving me without the chance to give my fans a real show.

"I'm thankful for the support that the fans have been giving me. I thank you now."

Drake debut LP, Thank Me Later, dropped yesterday. You can read our review here.