Drake gig scrapped in crush threat
Published 16/06/2010 | 13:21
A free concert by pop band Hanson and rapper Drake in New York had to be cancelled after twice as many people as anticipated showed up and many became unruly, US police said.
The show took place at Pier 17 in Manhattan, a popular summer venue for concerts.
Organisers were expecting about 10,000 people to watch the music event by the pop siblings famous for their hit Mmmbop and the Canadian rapper, but nearly 20,000 showed up. Many people climbed roofs and started throwing bottles, as concertgoers were squashed together towards the stage, police said.
Witness Tamika Johnson told the Daily News newspaper: "People in the front started leaving because they were getting crushed."
The concert organisers asked the New York Police Department for help dispersing the crowds. Two people were arrested on minor charges while six suffered minor injuries.
The concert was part of the Sounds Like Paper series presented by Paper, an independent magazine focusing on arts, culture and music. The magazine apologised on its website: "Wow, the crowd was much larger than we anticipated, and unfortunately the show was cancelled. But we will make it up to you guys!"
The magazine posted several updates on Twitter during the night including "it's a total madhouse - in a good way" and "get off the roof!".
A spokesman for Drake, whose album features Kanye West and Alicia Keys and debuted to positive reviews, told the Daily News the rapper was disappointed police cleared the crowd before he could perform.