According to Gothamist, last weekend’s hardcore concert at Tompkins Square Park in New York City is under investigation by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for allegedly violating capacity limits instituted to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The April 24 event, which was headlined by MADBALL, would have attracted between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators. The concert was organized by Productions Black N ‘Blue and was a free and ticketless event, but the groups – which also included MURPHY’S LAW, BLOOD CLOT (former CRO-MAGS singer Jean Joseph) and THE CAPTURERS – donations solicited on GoFundMe beforehand for the Fondation New York Firefighters Burn Center (over $ 6,000 was raised).
A New York City Department of Parks and Recreation spokesperson said Gothamist: “This matter is under active investigation as the filed permit application and agreement appear to have been violated – future permits are in jeopardy.”
Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that starting April 2, state theaters would be able to open indoor spaces at 33% capacity or up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors . If all participants show proof of a negative coronavirus test before entry, capacity can increase to 150 people indoors and 500 people outdoors, according to the state.
Another hardcore show is currently scheduled at the park on May 8 – featuring ANTIDOTE NYHC, KINGS NEVER DIE and THE LAST STAND – but this event may be in danger now.
Sunday (April 25), Joseph taken to his Facebook to fend off criticism that crowds at Saturday’s concert did not appear to adhere to social distancing guidelines and did not wear masks. He wrote: “Yesterday in Tompkins Square Park over 2,000 people came out. Free show for the people by the people. It was a blast! We raised dollars for the FDNY Burning Unit and fed people organic, plant-based foods.
“And let me say this – to anyone who talks shit.” For the past year in New York, there have been protests – tens and thousands of people on the streets – riots and looting with biased attacks – on 4/20 Grass Day – thousands filled Washington Square Park – sharing cannabis blunts and pipes. No one said shit. It was our PROTEST – OUR RALLY. People who didn’t want to come – stayed away. Good – no one missed their ass.
“I want to thank Cousin Joe and the Black-n-Blue crew for their incredible work. All the groups killed him THE CAPTURES, WISDOM AND CHAINS, MURPHY’S LAW, and the KINGS of NYHC MADBALL. PMA was had – smiley faces everywhere – we all needed it! I hope other cities will do the same. ”
We had almost 3000 people on the show yesterday at Tompkins Square Park – Everyone had a great time – thanks to all the bands that played and thanks to everyone that came out I broadcast it live for those who couldn’t make it – everyone have a good sunday
– John Joseph (@jjcromag) 25 avril 2021
Yes at first I was told 2000 peeps then someone counting bodies said 3000 in the park – amazing day https://t.co/5bQsv3p3v0
– John Joseph (@jjcromag) 25 avril 2021
Yesterday in Tompkins Square Park, over 2,000 psychics came out. Free show for the people by the people. It was awesome! …
Posted by John Joseph on Sunday, April 25, 2021
Yesterday in New York City, the parks of Washington Square and Tompkins Square were packed with people for live music – and the photos have just about everyone side by side with very few masks in sight. So that should be good for a virus spike in about two weeks.
– Pixie Kruczynski is #Vaccinated. (@ANewAnimal) April 25, 2021
This screenshot is from one of the many videos on youtube showing the one day concert at Tompkins Square Park TODAY @NYCHealthCommr @ NY1 @nypost @DailyMail thousands of people shouting, dancing, moshpit chaos, diving on stage almost all people without a mask, no worries? pic.twitter.com/KyTh2FDkTb
– Thiago Santiro (@thiagosantiro) 25 avril 2021
Tompkins SQ Park NYC pic.twitter.com/PNqH5XH0v6
– BNB Productions (@BNBProductions) 25 avril 2021
On y va …… Black N ‘Blue Productions présente: Sam. 24 avril Madball / Murphy Law / Bloodclot / The Capturers in …
Posted by The New York Hardcore Chronicles Page on Thursday, April 8, 2021
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