As COVID-19 safety regulations finally begin to ease up, New York City’s iconic Central Park is moving full speed ahead with plans to host a 60,000-person concert festival this summer.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shared the news on Monday, painting the planned event as a way for the city to celebrate its return to normal life after the long lockdown period. The concert promises to be the pinnacle event of what de Blasio is referring to as New York City’s “Homecoming Week,” a series of events honoring the city’s revitalization after COVID-19. Its concept came from chair of the board of the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer.
Multiple “all-star” performers will be present at the concert event, according to the Mayor, who is working with Brooklyn music producer Clive Davis to produce the show. Together, they are aiming to host “eight iconic stars to perform for 60,000 attendees and a worldwide television audience,” according to the New York Times.
Though headliners have yet to be announced, de Blasio is confident in Davis’ five-decade track record. He has produced concerts for the likes of Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and others.
The date for the landmark Central Park event has been tentatively set for August 21st. Additional details on the show, its lineup, and the worldwide television broadcast are still to come.