7 injured, 2 charged after cancelled Drake concert [News]
New York, NY – A free Drake concert that was scheduled to go down this past Tuesday left 7 people with serious injuies and 2 people charged with throwing bottles. The free concert was scheduled by Paper Magazine to celebrate the release of Drake’s new album Thank Me Later. After close to 20,000 people showed up the show was cancelled after fights broke out in the crowd. Some fans have cited that the cancellation created a lot of tension within the crowd and that the situation had nearly escalated to a full blown riot.
Drake issued a statement regarding the show’s cancellation: “I am humbled by the crowd that showed up in support of my performance. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled by the NYPD due to overcrowding leaving me without the chance to give my fans a real show.”
Concert promoters Paper Magazine defended their initial objectives, telling New York’s Page Six: “We didn’t send out any invites. We announced it to our readers online late last week. Eventually, this info got onto the radio, which brought it to a whole different level and type of audience that didn’t really know anything about Paper. This has been characterized as a riot, but to me it was more of a riot averted. If it were a riot, a lot more people would have been injured and a lot more damage would have been done.”