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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.”
Kanye show causing chaos out here at Webster Hall. pic.twitter.com/Vowqwa7P9s
— Pigeons & Planes (@PigsAndPlans) June 6, 2016
— JaiGuruDeva (@JaiGuruDeva) June 6, 2016
Absolute madness at Webster Hall. 1:30 AM. Kanye West “secret” show. pic.twitter.com/oc8WOAYLtF
— Andrew (@ndrewdonnelly) June 6, 2016
— The Roosevelts (@RSVLTS) June 6, 2016
Outside Webster Hall right now for Kanye. The power of Yeezus. pic.twitter.com/qfj5AUZBSm
— iLoveMyEgo.com (@iLoveMyEgo) June 6, 2016
At 1:45 a.m. local time, a tweet from the Webster Hall account said the event wasn’t happening.
There is no late show at Webster Hall tonight. Please get home safely.
— Webster Hall (@WebsterHall) June 6, 2016
Kanye and team have driven away from the venue.
— The FADER (@thefader) June 6, 2016
Update 10:58 a.m. PT Sunday, June 5: Webster Hall announcement added.
This story first appeared on Billboard.
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