Lil Baby cancels concert at PNE Amphitheatre, sparking fights and vandalism in East Vancouver neighbourhood
Organizers of the Breakout Festival said that the rapper was too sick to perform
The crowd in Vancouver went a little crazy when one of America's most popular rappers abruptly cancelled a concert on Sunday (September 18).
Lil Baby was scheduled to play the PNE Amphitheatre to close the two-day Breakout Festival.
But he could not go on stage because he was "too sick to perform", according to a tweet by the festival.
His no-show led to some mayhem, according to Vancouver police, resulting in thousands of dollars in property damage but no major injuries.
Garbage bins and food-vendor kiosks were overturned and tables, refrigerators, and tents were pushed over or thrown.
“Vancouver Police officers were already inside the venue and providing extra security when several hundred people began fighting and destroying property in the Amphitheatre on the PNE grounds, and in the surrounding neighbourhood,” Const. Tania Visintin said in a VPD news release. “Dozens of extra officers were redeployed from other areas of the city to restore order, with some officers having bottles and other objects thrown at them.”
According to the VPD, multiple arrests were made and there is now a criminal investigation underway.
“We will conduct a full and thorough investigation into the actions of anyone who destroyed property, put concertgoers in danger, or committed other criminal acts,” Visintin declared. “Though this investigation will take time, we will pursue criminal charges against people who participated in this violence and destruction.”
Lil Baby, a.k.a. Dominique Armani Jones, has enjoyed spectacular success. His 2018 debut album, Harder Than Ever, includes "Yes Indeed", which was recorded with Drake.
In 2020, he released My Turn, which topped the Billboard 200 chart and went triple-platinum. The following year, he went to Number 1 on this chart again with The Voice of the Heroes, which he released with Lil Durk.
Lil Baby has also won a Grammy Award, MTV Award, and two BET Awards.