Kanye West Surprise Show Causes "Near Riot" Outside New York's Webster Hall

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The event — a makeup for Governors Ball, which canceled its day three lineup due to inclement weather — has been canceled.

A surprise Kanye West show in New York was canceled after a "near riot" broke out early Monday morning outside Webster Hall.

Chants of "Pablo! Pablo!" filled the night air outside of the venue ahead of West's performance, which had not yet been unannounced as of 1 a.m. local time. 

The rapper booked the last-minute show as a makeup for Governors Ball, which canceled its day three lineup due to inclement weather. Rumors of a set at Hot 97 Summer Jam followed, along with cryptic tweets of a to-be-announced venue.

But once word started spreading of a Webster Hall gig, thousands swarmed on 13th Street in the East Village, with one observer noting "near-riot" conditions, with people on top of cars. "It's pandemonium."

At 1:45 a.m. local time, a tweet from the Webster Hall account said the event wasn't happening.

Update 10:58 a.m. PT Sunday, June 5: Webster Hall announcement added.

This story first appeared on Billboard.

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