NYPD explains why followers have been filmed at Drake’s Apollo live performance

Drake and 21 Savage have been compelled to halt their Sunday live performance on the Apollo Theater in New York after a concertgoer fell from the historic Harlem venue’s balcony part.

The particular person dropped from the decrease mezzanine and landed within the orchestra part, the theater confirmed Monday in a press release posted on Twitter.

“Drake, Apollo and [sponsor] SiriusXM halted the show immediately when learning of a potential fan injury and standard protocols were taken,” the theater mentioned.

“The fan and other audience members reported that they were OK. No major injuries have been reported,” the assertion continued, including that the Apollo will additional examine the incident.

The autumn occurred on the second of Drake’s two nights on the iconic theater. In line with Insider, the particular person fell about an hour and a half into the present, simply after Drake welcomed 21 Savage onstage for a collection of duets. The artists stopped the present after a crew member notified them of the incident.

“Just have to make sure somebody’s OK,” Drake informed the viewers, Insider reported. The home lights got here on and safety guards could possibly be seen working by way of the group towards the realm the place the fan landed. The autumn additionally dislodged a light-weight fixture, which was then eliminated.

After a few 15-minute delay, the venue introduced that nobody had been injured, that the particular person was being checked on and that “the show must go on,” Insider mentioned.

Drake, left, and 21 Savage carry out on the Apollo Theater on Saturday.

(Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Photos for SiriusXM)

The concertgoer, whose fall was documented in footage posted on social media, reportedly landed in a piece the place New York Giants gamers have been mentioned to be seated, Web page Six reported. One other supply on the live performance informed the positioning that the fan didn’t truly didn’t fall, however moderately “jumped into the crowd from the balcony because he was so hyped!”

The rappers then returned to carry out songs from their 2022 joint album, “Her Loss,” the November follow-up to Drake’s “Honestly, Nevermind.”

“Let’s just make some noise that everybody’s OK,” Drake mentioned between songs. Earlier than concluding the present with “Legend,” he additionally thanked attendees.

“This crowd is an absolute 10 out of 10. I’m so happy with tonight. We apologize for the delays and all that s—, but thank you,” the 36-year-old mentioned.

In line with Selection’s assessment of Saturday’s present, the Toronto rapper began the Apollo live performance with an homage to his early days writing songs at house. He reworked the stage into his bed room and wore a “Degrassi” jersey to pay tribute to the Canadian teen drama that helped launch his profession.

The “Best I Ever Had” and “In My Feelings” rapper later modified the stage right into a recording studio boardroom and a New York Metropolis bodega, performing for an viewers that included his closest household and buddies, mom Sandi Graham and OVO co-founder and longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib, amongst them. He additionally teased much more new music and a summer season tour throughout the present.

After the live performance, different followers have been upset after footage of a uniformed New York Police Dept. officer recording concertgoers on their approach out of the venue was posted on-line. The clip, tweeted by New York Instances pop music critic Jon Caramanica, stoked issues about surveillance of the hip-hop neighborhood in New York and prompted NYPD to problem a press release concerning the footage.

“The officer depicted in the video is a Community Affairs officer involved with the 28th Precinct’s social media team. The officer was taking video for an upcoming Twitter post that will highlight local community events,” a spokesperson for the Workplace of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Info mentioned in a press release to the web publication Consequence. “The video will not be utilized for any other reason.”