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.
Due to an emergency, Kanye West had to end his performance early. Please get home safely.
— The Meadows NYC (@themeadowsnyc) October 3, 2016
The festival's official Twitter account confirmed West’s departure, tweeting “Due to an emergency, Kanye West had to end his performance early.” Pitchfork reports that West was performing “Heartless” when he briefly left the stage and then returned to give his explanation.
Kanye's assistant pulled him to the side of the stage then Ye got on the mic saying he had a family emergency then stopped the show #Meadows
— Stephen Dacres (@SRDtv) October 3, 2016
A rep for West did not immediately respond to a request 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.