Hanson/Drake Free NYC Concert Cancelled
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 11:57:31
If you offer it for free, they will come. Never underestimate the value of a free concert, especially in this bungled, belt-tightened economy. A free concert by pop band Hanson of "Mmmbop" fame and upstart Canadian rapper Drake was canceled Tuesday after twice as many people as anticipated showed up, police revealed.
The show, which was part of Paper Magazine's "Sounds Like Paper" series, started at about 6 PM, with an opening act at Pier 17 on Manhattan's South Street Seaport, a summer concert hub. The concert planners were anticipating a crowd of around 10,000 people, but nearly double that amount showed up. Fans began climbing roofs and throwing bottles as they pushed towards the stage to get a little more up and close and personal. It resulted in people being crushed. Hot bodies pressed up against one another in June humidity in NYC? Sounds like an event that any sane person could not get far enough away from. Only two folks were arrested on minor counts and six others suffered minor injuries, so disaster averted.
Paper also offered an apology posted on its website, which read: "Wow, the crowd was much larger than we anticipated, and unfortunately the show was canceled. But we will make it up to you guys!"
Is it the hype surrounding Drake or the free element of the concert that attracted so many people?