Tyler, the Creator’s surprise Bussey Building gig was cancelled this afternoon due to overcrowding fears as fans descended on Rye Lane.
The rapper had tweeted his eight million followers announcing the surprise gig at Copeland Park earlier today.
The gig would have been his first in the UK for four years, and comes after the release of his latest album, IGOR.
COPELAND PARK, BUSSEY BUILDING, 3PM
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) May 18, 2019
Southwark Police said the show was cancelled last minute by the venue, rather than being shut down by the Met, after concerns over the number of people attending.
Officers confirmed there had been no reported crimes, injuries or arrests but police would be in the area helping the crowd to ‘disperse safely’.
A music event scheduled to take place at Bussey Building, Rye Lane, SE15 on Saturday, 18 May, was cancelled by the venue due to overcrowding issues. No crimes, reported injuries or arrests. Police are in the area to help ensure the crowd disperses safely
— MPS Southwark – Central South Command (@MPSSouthwark) May 18, 2019
Footage posted on social media shows Rye Lane brought to a standstill by the huge crowd who turned out to see the artist previously banned from entering the UK by Theresa May, then home secretary, over claims of ‘homophobic and violent’ lyrics.
— Rosie Edwards (@RosieGEdwards) May 18, 2019
— colette (@colettelittle_) May 18, 2019