Kanye West Ends Meadows Set Abruptly Due to Family Emergency
Kanye West abruptly ended his headlining performance at the debut Meadows Music and Arts Festival in Queens, New York on Sunday evening. "I'm sorry, there's a family emergency, I have to stop the show," West told the audience before leaving the stage.
The festival's official Twitter account confirmed West's departure, tweeting, "Due to an emergency, Kanye West had to end his performance early." US Weekly reports that West was performing "Heartless" when he briefly left the stage 45 minutes into his set and then returned to give his explanation. Organizers addressed the crowd shortly afterward, informing fans that the rapper had already left the venue.
Reps for West and The Meadows did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The last festival West headlined in New York City was this year's Governor's Ball, where his slot was cancelled due to inclement weather. The cancellation resulted in a frenzy over a rumored "pop-up" show in the East Village that never occurred.
West is the second major artist to have a personal conflict with this year's Meadows Festival. On Friday, Meadows announced that Toronto rapper the Weeknd, who was scheduled to headline Saturday evening, had to cancel his slot due to scheduling conflicts. The Weeknd tweeted that he would "make it up" to New Yorkers planning on seeing him perform.
Ball and Meadows are organized by the same company, Founders Entertainment. According to Founders, 80,000 people were expected to attend the debut two-day festival. In addition to West, rock band the 1975 and rappers J. Cole and Chance the Rapper headlined the event.