The Breakout Festival grounds in Vancouver’s Hastings Park quickly turned into a scene reminiscent of Woodstock ’99 on Sunday night (September 18), after headliner Lil Baby canceled his performance at the last second.
Disappointment among attendees quickly turned to anger, according to festival organizers at PNE, who said in a statement that their amphitheater and parts of Hastings Park suffered significant damage.
Videos posted on social media show onlookers tearing down a drinks tent and throwing trash.
This town was due for a riot. pic.twitter.com/FEqvAybKDJ
— Ryan (@schaaptop) September 19, 2022
The reason for the sudden cancellation, according to Breakout Festival’s Twitter, was that Lil Baby felt too sick to rap.
“Lil Baby arrived at Breakout Festival and was unfortunately too ill to perform. We know you were looking forward to seeing him, but these circumstances are beyond our control,” the festival tweet read.
— LEAVING FESTIVAL (@BREAKOUTFEST_) September 19, 2022
PNE organizers said the Vancouver Police Department was called and helped bring things under control.
“Today, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, as many have been deeply affected by the customer reaction and ensuing behavior,” the PNE said in a statement.
“To our neighbors – the PNE is incredibly sorry for the actions of these guests and the impact this behavior may have had on our community. We will undertake a full investigation and issue further statements shortly.
Black Press Media has contacted VPD for further details, including whether tickets were issued or any arrests were made.