Kehlani prioritizes the safety of her fans. On Monday night, the R&B singer broke off her performance in Philadelphia shortly after several fans in the audience passed out during the show. An official at the site says: rolling stone that the show ended only “about 5 minutes early” and no attendees were transported to the hospital.
‘I can’t take this. This is not okay. I do not feel comfortable. I don’t feel okay. I feel like no one is safe right now,” Kehlani said before walking offstage at The Mann Center’s Skyline Stage in videos captured on TikTok. “I love you so much. I have no more words for how disappointed and heartbroken I am.”
A Mann Center official says: rolling stone that the venue welcomed 5,600 fans to Kehlani’s show, well below the venue’s 7,5,000 capacity. “Throughout the set, the performer asked her fans to step back from the stage and make room for each other, something we appreciate and the performer has done in many of her other shows,” the rep said.
While none were taken to hospital, three minors needed emergency care, while 12 others needed plain water or “a space to rest and relax.” The venue has also “offered and handed out free water” to audience members in front of the stage. “As you can imagine, the safety of guests and performers is always the top priority of the venue,” the representative added.
A video posted to social media showed fans pointing flashlights at a person who appeared to be having trouble breathing. Kehlani was heard to say, “Does anyone have an inhaler?” trying to help the fan.
@Kehlani had to cut her show in Philly tonight due to too many fans passing out in the crowd. This is how artists should always approach this!! #kehlani #bwr #concert #philadelphia #tsunamigang #fyp #foryoupage
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After leaving the stage, Kehlani shared a message to the audience on her Instagram story, also thanking the venue staff for their “excellent job” helping the people in the audience.
“I care about you more than anything and I put you before everything,” she wrote. “Thank you so much to the venue and staff for your dedication and prompt care for everyone in my audience.”
Kehlani representatives did not immediately respond to rolling stone‘s request for comment.
On Instagram, Kehlani added: “I can’t emphasize how much I love you all and how important you are to me. Seeing you all on tour for the first time in so many years has really reminded me what I’m doing it for. I hope you know how deep my love goes.”
Fans on TikTok expressed disappointment at the show’s abrupt end, but expressed gratitude for the singer’s dedication to keeping them safe. “This is how artists should always handle this!!” wrote a fan. “Kehlani’s Philly concert didn’t end well, but they picked it up so beautifully. We love you!!” wrote another.
Kehlani’s Blue Waterway tour is her first headliner in five years. She previously spoke to rolling stone about welcoming Rico Nasty as her opener on the road.
“This makes sense in a cool way because I feel like you need both of us to accomplish what the goal of the tour is: to heal and bring people together and be yourself and enjoy yourself,” Kehlani said. “You have to panic and go crazy as much as you need to cry and hug your people. It was perfect.”
Kehlani will also make a stop at Oracle Arena in the Bay Area, where she was born, later in the tour.
“People from New York have Madison Square Garden. People from LA have the Staples Center. This is our shit,” she said. “I remember when I was a kid, driving by the Oracle Arena, going to the arena, crashing into the parking lot, it was just the center of everything. Just being able to play is like, that’s enough for me.”
This story was updated at 4:15 PM ET with further details from the Mann Center.