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Ke$ha Concert Canceled

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rising pop star Ke$ha was slated to perform at the South Street Seaport later this summer, but the concert was canceled by Seaport property managers, General Growth Properties.

In a memo to Community Board 1 published by The New York Times, General Growth Properties cancelled any future collaboration with the free concert series organizers Paper Magazine.

The cancellation was prompted by fears of a repeat of the brouhaha at last week’s Drake concert.

In a melee that some news media called a "near-riot," fans hung upside down from awnings and crowded on top of the information booth in hopes of seeing the performance. The NYPD shut down the concert before it began, as 25,000 people flooded a space designated for a maximum of 10,000. Amid flying chairs and bottles, there were two arrests for disorderly conduct and six reported injuries. 

With nearly 5 million downloads to her hit “Tik Tok,” a performance from Ke$ha may have drawn a crowd that was again too large for the venue.

Community Board 1 Chair Julie Melnin was upset that the Board had not been notified of the Drake concert before it happened. "You can't just have a concert and say, ‘Hey, everyone come on down to the Seaport.’ It's just not responsible," she said.

In The Times memo, General Growth Properties assured Community Board 1 that it would be sticking to more manageable events, like the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, scheduled for June 26th.

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