As we all know by now, last night's concert at the South Street Seaport was a total clusterfuck, with the NYPD coming to shut it down and control the riotous crowd before the show even really got started (reportedly Drake had yet to go on, Ninjasonik played one song, and Hanson had only soundchecked).
Before the NYPD had control of the situation, however, plants and chairs were being thrown, mace was being sprayed, tables were being tossed off a balcony, there was a legit stampede, the mixing board was broken, and dudes were swinging upside-down from Pizzeria Uno. It was a serious Rite of Spring vibe at the Seaport last night. So who's to blame?
Sure, concert-goers seemingly lost all ability to keeps things civil, but who books a show featuring both popular Canadian rapper Drake (who used to star on Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Hanson (their fans are hardcore)? What we're saying is, this thing was one Justin Bieber away from End of Days.
As previously noted, it was Paper Magazine who organized the show (they reportedly expected around 10,000 people, but they got over double that). The magazine's publisher David Hershkovits is expected to release a statement shortly, and a spokesperson from the South Street Seaport told us this morning:
“While the South Street Seaport and Paper Magazine were looking forward to a great kick-off concert for the summer season, our primary concern is always the safety of our guests. Unfortunately, by the announced showtime, both the Seaport management and NYPD estimated that the onsite crowd had greatly exceeded our safe capacity, was still rising, and the show could no longer be presented in a safe atmosphere. By 7:00 p.m., a decision was made in consultation with the police to cancel the event in order to foster the safe dispersal of the over-capacity crowd."