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South Street Seaport experiences fallout from Drake show

on June 25, 2010, 4:35pm

We all watched last week as Drake‘s free concert at South Street Seaport, sponsored by Paper Magazine, exploded into a free-for-all melee well before the artist even hit the stage. That night’s show was ultimately canceled and reports soon surfaced that the magazine’s other free summer shows would suffer a similar fate. Turns out that’s not the truth. The events will go on, just not at the Seaport.

“Since it was demonstrated that the escalating popularity of the scheduled artists can result in crowds that exceed even the safe capacity of the Pier 17 concert stage, both Paper Magazine and the South Street Seaport have decided that the remaining events of the Sounds Like Paper concert series will be relocated,” a Seaport spokesman said in a statement, which was confirmed by Paper.

The statement did not disclose when and where the two remaining concerts — featuring electronic duo Ratatat and pop sensation Ke$ha — will take place. Still, any alternative is probably better than the Seaport, especially considering its maximum capacity is about 10,000 people and a reported 25,000 showed up for Drake. And since Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” was number one on the Billboard charts for all of January and February, it’s not like any fewer amount of people are going to show up to see her.

More details as they come available. In the meantime, there are plenty other equally crowded free shows in New York City to put on your calendar this summer.

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