Since the pandemic in March 2020, this is technically the first and largest hardcore, punk, metal, or rock show, with more than 2,000 people crowded in New York City’s famous Tompkins Square Park. The punk party between CBGB and the old school is a charity concert of the New York City Firefighter Burn Foundation.
Advertised for the show were Madball, Murphy’s Law, Bloodclot and The Captures.
The current law in New York, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo is that “outdoor venues with 2,500 person and overcapacity can begin holding live concerts at 20% capacity.” Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test would be required for entry.
Bloodclot frontman John Joseph pushed back at criticism that the show did not follow guidelines. He compared the lack of social distancing to various protests and other public gatherings saying “For the last year in New York City there were protests – tens and thousands of people in the streets – some rioting and looting engaging in bias attacks – nobody said shit – the media condoned it. On 4/20, thousands filled Washington Square Park sharing blunts and weed pipes no masks – again nobody said shit. This was our fucking protest – this was our rally – people came out from all over the country and enjoyed live music! Those who didn’t want to come stayed away – good nobody Missed their ass. They were free to live in fear – hide under their table and talk shit on social media.”