Written by Melanie Burton, June 7, 2016

Kanye West was set to perform at the Governors Ball on Sunday night, but his show was cancelled because of severe weather in New York. But of course, with Yeezy being Yeezy, that didn’t stop him from finding other alternatives.

First, he stopped by another New York music festival that was happenening over the weekend – Hot 97 Summer Jam – where played a showcase of songs, including a track off of his new album Cruel Winter.

Then, just after taking the stage at Summer Jam, his creative director Virgil Abloh posted to Insta that Kanye would perform an all-Pablo set somewhere in Manhattan.

This sent fans into a wild goose chase over NYC as they tried to find out where Kanye would be performing – but he put them out of their misery and tweeted the secret location – Webster Hall in downtown Manhattan.

Thousands of fans lined the streets trying to catch a glimpse of Kanye way before the show was meant to start, and that’s when things got a little cray-cray as they started to block the streets and chant Kanye’s name.

Kanye performing outside Webster Hall

People were reportedly trampled in a stampede outside the gig, and some fans caught in the chaos claim they were pepper sprayed. There were reports of a woman passing out on car in the crowd, and people also being knocked to the ground as people tried to rush to the front.

One witness, Charles Talent, said he raced to Webster Hall after reading the announcement on Twitter that Kanye was performing, and said he witnessed people being trampled as they tried to catch a glimpse of Kanye.

He said: “When I got there the line from Webster Hall wrapped around three blocks and it was eight deep. It was orderly but people started to get really pushy and, probably around 1am, people had just moved into the street.”

“It was crazy. There were some people getting trampled, people definitely falling on their knees and their friends helping them back up. Everyone was just so hyped and excited to get into this show.”

Dozens of police officers tried to control the crowd, before officials tweeted at 1.45am that they would be cancelling the show! “There is no late show at Webster Hall tonight,” the venue announced. “Please get home safely.”


Credit: Twitter – The crowd outside of Webster Hall

On Monday morning, Kanye’s wifey Kim Kardashian posted a video on Snapchat explaining that they tried to make the show happen, but the crowd was much bigger than they expected.

“Last night was crazy! Kanye wished he could have performed last night!!! He really tried so hard but it was ultimately out of his control! He has the best fans in the whole world! Thank you all for coming out at 2am. Promise he will make up this pop up show,” she tweeted.

Oh Yeezy, only you could cause chaos like that!

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