It was a sad Sunday to a sold-out crowd when the news broke that the concert festival, held annually on Randall’s Island off the coast of New York City, would be cancelled due to extreme weather. The three-day fest that had headliners such as Beck, The Strokes, The Killers, Haim, and M83, had originally pushed back the start time from 11:25 to 12:30, but ultimately cancelled the event due to heavy rain and the possibility of thunder and lightning. The headliners were set to be Death Cab for Cutie, Cold War Kids, Two Door Cinema Club, Chvrches, and Kanye West.
But all was not lost for those who love music, because electronic band Two Door Cinema Club and rapper Vic Mensa gave free shows to those who had bought the tickets to the cancelled show.
As well as in New York, New Jersey got to listen to the raps of Connecticut radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. The one-day festival included the headliners Future, DJ Khaled, A$AP Rocky, Tinashe, and Desiigner, whose breakout single “Panda” has blown up mainstream media and shot him to the top of the charts. It currently sits at no. 44 on the iTunes top 100 chart.
In a surprise twist, former Governor’s Ball headliner Kanye West joined Big Sean and Pusha T on stage and rapped his classic “Mercy” along with new single “Champions” from his upcoming album Cruel Winter, then celebrating his upcoming 39th birthday with wife Kim and his fellow rappers.
Determined to perform his GovBall set, which included the new singles off his acclaimed The Life of Pablo album, Kanye West sold out a show set for 2 AM at Webster Hall. In true Kanye West fashion, he called New York City mayor Bill DiBlasio to “call the mayor and shut down a block of about four streets…so they can have a party outside. I know it’s sold-out already”, and Kanye wanted to preform from atop a truck, according to Hot New Hip Hop.
Unfortunately, the sold out show caused such a commotion that it had to be shut down by the NYPD, but it was a valiant effort by West and co. Luckily we have all the pictures from Summer Fest to get us through to the next installment of The Life of Pablo tour, which possibly starts up again this September.