Chaos ensued after rapper Lil Baby, the headliner for a hip-hop concert at the PNE Amphitheatre in Vancouver, did not perform because he was sick.
The VPD said that “garbage bins and food vendor kiosks were overturned and damaged during the chaos. Tables, refrigerators, and tents were knocked down and thrown. Several people climbed various fixtures including a tall lamp post.”
Seven people have been arrested for breach of the peace, and the VPD expects the criminal investigations will take months to complete.
“We will conduct a full and thorough investigation into the actions of anyone who destroyed property, put concert-goers in danger, or committed other criminal acts,” said Constable Tania Visintin.
“Though this investigation will take time, we will pursue criminal charges against people who participated in this violence and destruction.”
The release also noted that the VPD response was reinforced with help from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police. There were no major injuries, but the riot caused thousands in property damage.
“Vancouver Police officers were already inside the venue and providing extra security when several hundred people began fighting and destroying property in the Amphitheatre, on the PNE grounds, and in the surrounding neighbourhood,” Visintin said.
“Dozens of extra officers were redeployed from other areas of the city to restore order, with some officers having bottles and other objects thrown at them.”
“We do not condone violence or destruction of property and are utterly disappointed with the way some of our patrons acted at this years’ event,” it stated.
Concertgoers paid up to $350 for a ticket to the two-day event held at the Pacific National Exhibit (PNE) at Hastings Park.