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Drake pauses New York show after man falls from balcony


Drake was playing at the Apollo Theatre in New York City on Sunday night (January 22nd) but was forced to bring an abrupt stop to the performance when a man fell from the mezzanine level balcony into the audience below.

Sunday saw the second show of Drake’s SiriusXM shows at the Apollo, in which he played tracks from across his career. The night before, he had teased a new album and promotional tour and brought out the likes of 21 Savage and Dipset to perform alongside him.

Halfway through Sunday’s show, 21 Savage came on stage to play a few tracks from his and Drake’s collaborative alum Her Loss. However, before they could even begin, Drake stopped the show when he saw the man fall from the balcony.

Drake told the audience, “Just gotta make sure somebody’s OK,” at which point both he and 21 Savage left the stage for around 15 minutes. The lights came up, and a number of staff members at the venue attended to the man and began to treat his injuries.

A representative from the Apollo Theatre made a statement via Pitchfork. They said, “Unfortunately, last evening, an incident occurred with an audience member who landed in the orchestra from the lower mezzanine. Drake, Apollo, and SiriusXM halted the show immediately when learning of a potential fan injury and standard protocols were taken. They were seen immediately by EMS on site.

They added, “The fan and other audience members reported that they were OK. No major injuries have been reported. The Apollo is investigating the situation further.”

At the Saturday night show, Drake played tunes from each of his seven solo albums, including ‘Karaoke’ from Thank Me Later and ‘Over My Dead Boy’ from Take Care – the first time either track had been heard live since 2015. Drake also played the likes of ‘Started From the Bottom’, ‘No New Friends’, ‘Energy’ and ‘God’s Plan’, amongst many others.