Photograph by: Timothy Saccenti
Yesterday evening, FlyLo (in his Captain Murphy guise) and Tyler were slated to play the L.A. beat music institution as a warm up for October’s OFWGKTA Carnival festival. Given its relatively dinky 140-max capacity, the club tends not to announce FlyLo sets until the day of performance. Even is spite of the late announcement, however, things took a turn for the chaotic on the night.
According to Low End Theory boss Daddy Kev, people began queuing for the show at 11.00am on Wednesday, with a queue noticeably forming as early as 2.00pm. Bouncers were turning people away before the show had begun, and the street quickly became saturated with revellers hoping to squeeze in. Within an hour of the club opening at 9.30pm,”four or five dudes” subsequently attempted to “rush the door”. Kev describes the scene as follows:
“Our security closed up shop so we could get the situation sorted. I walked outside to see what’s going on and people are calm, but at this point the line has dissolved — there are too many looky-loos, and people are spilling into the street. A squad car rolled by and gave us a little ‘bloop bloop,’ and then there are two cars, and then 10, plus helicopters and the rest. They were doing their job.”
As the photo below shows, Tyler at one point mounted a car and attempted to corral the crowd into an orderly queue. The show was cancelled soon after, and all of those who’d made it inside removed and refunded.
Tyler’s Twitter account, as you might expect, was not a happy place:
IM SO BUMMED THAT HAPPENED AND NOT STOKED LIKE I WANTED TO PLAY SO BAD PEOPLE BEEN THERE ALLLL DAY…THE COPS SHUT THAT DOWN LIKE WOW…IM SORRY IDK I WANTED TO PLAY SO BAD AHHHH…TO EVERYONE THAT WAS IN THERE WITH US ILL MAKE IT UP. KEEP UR WRISTBAND OR SOMETHING…TRIED TO CALM EVERYONE DOWN BUT THE COPS WAS NOT CARING AT ALL. IM GONNA MAKE IT UP SOMEHOW I WAS SO… http://t.co/K6r6Nx82A3
FlyLo also tweeted his disappointment:
Sorry guys. No show tonight. Got too crazy down there I guess. Damn that sucks
It seems the experience will change the way Low End Theory book bigger acts in future, with the club “never announcing an artist of that statureahead of time ever again.” Flying Lotus recently curated his own radio station, FlyLo FM, for Grand Theft Auto V. [via Spin]