The “Springbash Concert” featuring the rap artist Tyga is causing controversy and confusion throughout Pullman.
Friday of last week, the city of Pullman denied the request from Pullman Events Presents (PEP) to host the concert on city property.
The event, which was originally going to be hosted by the Student Entertainment Board (SEB), was later picked up by the independent concert committee that has no affiliation to the university.
“There was a big misunderstanding between me and Karsten (McIntosh, the SEB concert commitee coordinator),” said Erin Wischmann, the comittee's event coordinator and a senior economics major. “The booking agents really got us against each other.”
The concert is supposed to feature rap-star Tyga as a part of his Careless World Tour. Other hip-hop stars such as Honey Cocaine, Lil' Twist and YG were to accompany Tyga on his tour in Pullman.
PEP ultimately got the contract for Tyga based on higher bids for the artist and better connections, he said.
Originally, Wischmann said they wanted to host the concernt in Sunnyside Park, which the city rejected.
Despite the denial, Wischmann insists the concert will still happen in Pullman and that the PEP has another venue.
“I just got off the phone with (Tyga's) agent,” he said. “As of now the show is still happening. We just confirmed a venue and hope to release it (within the next few days).”
Wischmann said he was unable to release the name of the venue until Tyga's manager gave him the final confirmation and approval.
According to the press release issued by the city of Pullman and the Pullman Police Department, the organizers lacked key provisions the city of Pullman set up for them in order to hold their concert in Sunnyside Park.
“When we met with (PEP) Friday morning there were about 15 conditions that they did not meet,” Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said. “They had until 4 p.m. Friday afternoon to meet the conditions and they told us they were unable to comply.”
Organizers for the Tyga concert also lacked an emergency medical plan, evacuation plans, restrooms and traffic provisions, according to the press release. PEP’s lack of compliance with the city cost the entertainment group their ability to host their show at any city-owned venue.
Wischmann, however, insists this was not the case. He said PEP pulled out of having it at a city venue for fear that the city of Pullman will revoke their permit later on.
“People look up Tyga and see the explicit lyrics, the small riot in L.A. and the incident with Honey Cocaine and that causes a lot of concern,” he said. “The residential area was not happy about this. We decided to be proactive and pick a better location.”
The "small riot" Wischmann referred to was rumored by TMZ.com to have allegedly involved 1,200 fans who became angry after Tyga failed to show up for a scheduled performance in San Diego.
The Honey Cocaine incident occurred after a concert in Omaha, Nebraska, where she was shot boarding a tour bus, according to MTV.com.
The incident involving Honey Cocaine was her being struck by a bullet when shots were fired at her and Tyga after a concert in Omaha, Nebraska.
Wischmann said he was unable to confirm the exact number of pre-sold tickets, but estimated it to be between 1,000 and 1,400.
Beasley Coliseum and the Kibbie Dome also declined to host the concert, he said.
Despite the large confusion around the WSU campus, PEP insists that Tyga and the other artists will still be coming to Pullman, and the concert is tentatively scheduled at the original date of April 4.
The tour is no longer listed on Tyga’s official website.
Students, however, expressed concern with the miscommunications leading up to the event.
“I feel like you should have a for sure venue (set up) before you sell the tickets,” said Amanuel Zewoldi, a freshman psychology major.
Wischmann, however, wanted to assure all students that even if the show is for some reason canceled people would still be able to get refunds at a booth in the CUB.
“We just want to make students happy,” he said.