Live Nation Postpones New York Concerts
June 2, 2016 by staff
Live Nation Postpones New York Concerts, As the police continue to investigate a shooting during a hip-hop concert at a Manhattan nightclub last week that left one person dead and three injured, the concert promoter behind the club is postponing a series of shows, including many rap events.
Live Nation, the giant concert company that operates the club, Irving Plaza, said it was postponing three rap concerts there over the next week, as well as three other concerts at another of its New York clubs.
The shows include events by the rappers Joey Badass, Mac Miller and Vince Staples at Irving Plaza that were being presented with the Governors Ball Music Festival this weekend, and three concerts at the Gramercy Theater, by Appetite for Destruction, a Guns N’ Roses tribute band; the rock band Black Pistol Fire; and YG, a popular rapper.
“In light of last week’s tragic events, we are acting with an overabundance of caution and coordinating a going-forward strategy with the New York Police Department that may also include a curfew,” Jim Yeager, a spokesman for Live Nation, said in a statement issued on Wednesday. “Because these discussions with the N.Y.P.D. are ongoing, we will be postponing a few of our upcoming shows at Irving Plaza and the Gramercy.”
But the police contradicted Live Nation’s statement. “The organization’s decision to cancel the event was in no way influenced by the N.Y.P.D.,” Sophia Mason, a spokeswoman for the department, said in a statement.
The cancellations came as the New York concert halls struggled to deal with the aftermath of the shooting, with security checks at some venues becoming much more rigorous than usual.
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