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Surprise Kanye West show canceled after fans shut down New York street

The rapper was originally set to headline Governors Ball on Sunday

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After Kanye West’s scheduled headlining performance at Governors Ball was canceled due to severe weather in New York, thousands of fans wondered, where would Kanye play?

The answer came late Sunday, as first Yeezy stopped by other New York-based music festival happening over the weekend, Hot 97 Summer Jam, where he played a G.O.O.D. music showcase with Desiigner, Travi$ Scott, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz. He also performed his new song off Cruel Winter live for the first time since releasing it Friday.

But that wasn’t all West had planned. Just as he took the stage at Summer Jam, his creative director Virgil Abloh posted to Instagram that Kanye would perform an all-Pablo set somewhere in Manhattan. Later Kanye tweeted the news himself and soon news spread that he would take over Webster Hall in downtown Manhattan after Vic Mensa’s set (which was also re-scheduled from Governors Ball).

Thousands of fans began to gather around the venue in hopes of seeing the rapper well before the show was due to start. People blocked the streets and chanted out West name. Kim Kardashian West even posted a video to Snapchat of her husband calling New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio asking him to shut down blocks around the venue.

 

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But at 1:45 a.m. Webster Hall tweeted that the show would not go on. “There is no late show at Webster Hall tonight,” the venue announced. “Please get home safely.”

Later, on Snapchat, Kardashian West posted a video saying they tried to make the show happen, but the crowd was “bigger” than expected. West is expected to tour with The Life of Pablo, but for now Yeezy watch continues.