Kanye West's surprise pop-up show never happened, but in the wee hours of Monday morning, he managed to shut down parts of lower Manhattan as thousands of fans took to the streets in the hopes of catching the entertainer in action.
After the third day of the Governors Ball Music Festival was cancelled on Sunday due to bad weather, West hinted online that he was going to perform a surprise show. Yeezy showed up to play a short set at Hot 97 Summer Jam, but then word spread that he was planning a 2 a.m. gig at New York’s Webster Hall.
By midnight, the streets near the venue were clogged with fans clamoring to get in. Photos on social media documented the chaos:
In the end, a rumored 4,000-plus people showed up near Webster Hall. According to Billboard, “near riot” conditions were observed.
As video on Kim Kardashian's Snapchat account revealed, West attempted to contact Mayor Bill de Blasio in an effort to shut down multiple blocks around the venue so fans could “have a party outside.”
That, however, did not happen. And at 1:45 a.m., Webster Hall announced there would be “no late show.” The overwhelming crowd outside the venue had prompted management to cancel the performance, the NY Daily News reported.
According to Gothamist, many fans continued to linger at the location in the hopes that the concert would take place. A few minutes later, excitement on the streets reached a fever pitch when West appeared, waving to fans from a car.
The crowd eventually dispersed, a rep for the NYPD told FADER, and no arrests were made.