Nelly Furtado gig sparks riot

'Some of the crowd covered in blood' after brawl

Nelly Furtado‘s recent Russian gig descended into a riot after a rapper was banned from the stage.

The star was supposed to collaborate with Russian rapper Timati during the gig, held in Moscow on Sunday (July 13).

However, the venue’s security wouldn’t allow the rapper onstage with Furtado, leading to an altercation with the singer’s security.


According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the brawl involved 20 people and ended with “some of the crowd getting covered in blood and Timati losing a tooth”.

The rapper is reported to have later commented: “I know who is behind it. They will be punished.”

A statement from a venue official apparently read: “We learned at the last moment he was going to perform with Furtado. I gave the order not to let him get on stage.”