Chants of Pablo! Pablo! and Kanye! Kanye! filled the night air outside of New York’s Webster Hall in the wee-hours of June 6. The main event, as yet unannounced as of 1 a.m. local time: a surprise performance by Kanye West. Though a late cancelation put a major damper to all the excitement.
The rapper booked the last-minute show as a makeup for Governors Ball, which canceled its day-three lineup due to inclement weather. His surprise Hot 97 Summer Jam appearance was followed by cryptic tweets of a to-be-announced venue. But once word started spreading of a Webster Hall gig, thousands swarmed on 11th Street in the East Village, with one observer noting “near-riot” conditions, with people on top of cars and shouting “F— Gov Ball.” Said a witness: “It’s pandemonium.”
While the situation was still unfolding, it appeared that as of 1:20 a.m., the show was still scheduled to go on.
NYC is shut down…with a trillion kids that look, dress, and think like us… #GoodMusic
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) June 6, 2016
Absolute madness at Webster Hall. 1:30 AM. Kanye West "secret" show. pic.twitter.com/oc8WOAYLtF
— Drew (@ndrewdonnelly) June 6, 2016
However, the night ended in disappointment for Kanye fans. At 1:45 a.m., Webster Hall reps confirmed there would be no gig and urged the gathered masses to head home.
There is no late show at Webster Hall tonight. Please get home safely.
— Webster Hall (@WebsterHall) June 6, 2016
The action didn’t stop then and there, however. West and his wife Kim Kardashian left the chaotic scenes in a car and were spotted driving nearby streets, presumably to find an alternative pop-up location for a gig. Kardashian live-streamed footage of her husband making calls to a fixer or official to locate a new venue, and shared her up-close view of the rapper as he stood in his open-top car.
— Myles Miller (@MylesMill) June 6, 2016
RAN AFTER KANYE DOWN 14th HOLY SHIT pic.twitter.com/bv21wQqwBW
— 2katez (@katertot527) June 6, 2016