NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The free concert on the green portion of the CB3B basketball tournament on August 3 has been relocated, rescheduled or both, according to New Haven city officials.
News 8’s Mario Boone has asked the city for a statement. The cops say it’s all about public safety.
The bottom line is there’s another major event, the Annual Gospel Fest, and there simply are not enough resources to ensure everyone is safe here on the Green.
So in an abundance of caution, they’re saying the concert is not cancelled, but rather postponed.
Slated to perform on August 3rd on the New Haven Green was New Haven rap Star Snowsa in addition to the hugely popular rap duo PnB rock.
New Haven police say they had no choice but to pull the plug because of the overwhelming response. 8,000 youth were expected to come to the Green for the concert.
City police say due to a gospel concert also happening that day, they just didn’t have the manpower to make sure everyone is safe.
Of course, that decision prompting a huge public backlash. News 8 spoke to one of the rappers set to perform and the police chief.
“They knew that this was happening for weeks, so it’s like, how is it you want to cancel basically the week before. We been through so much pain together losing and all types of things, We just want to come together and have fun,” Snowsa says.
“It obviously poses a challenge for any municipality in terms of managing the event and organizing our resources in such a way that we maintain the safety of everyone involved,” Interim Chief Tony Reyes says.
Planning for the event began in April 2019.
The city expects to have an update on the concert date and location early next week.
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