By Annie Reuter
Severe rain and the threat of lightning storms forced the cancellation of the final day of the Gov Ball 2016 festival Sunday (June 5) at Randalls Island in New York. But headliner Kanye West wasn’t going to let that stop him from playing the Big Apple.
He immediately made plans to perform at radio station concert, where he and his label mates from G.O.O.D. Music wowed the crowd. Then, he planned a pop-up show at New York venue Webster Hall. He, his wife Kim Kardashian, 2 Chainz and Virgil Abloh teased the concert on social media. But that one didn’t play out as planned.
West’s show was set to start at 2 a.m. and fans engulfed four city blocks surrounding the club for a chance to see Yeezy. Two hours before his gig the rapper tweeted that the show was sold out. Then, minutes before 1 a.m. the venue tweeted that there would be no concert.
Show at 2am SOLD OUT—
KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 06, 2016
There is no late show at Webster Hall tonight. Please get home safely.—
Webster Hall (@WebsterHall) June 06, 2016
With 2,500 people mobbing the street, the venue staff announced the cancellation over the loudspeaker. Some members of the crowd didn’t treat the news too kindly. Some climbed atop cars to voice their discontent, others chanted, “F— Gov Ball.” Despite the cancellation, West tried his best to make a surprise show happen at the Trump Soho.
When those plans were nixed, West tried yet one more venue but shortly after 3 a.m. those plans too fell through as well and the superstar rapper finally gave in.
Thanks to everyone. We tried pop up shows at 3 places. All shut down.—
MIKE DEAN! #MWA (@therealmikedean) June 06, 2016