Parks Department Investigating After Thousands Packed Tompkins Square Park For Permitted Hardcore Concert


Although New York started permitting music venues to reopen to restricted capability audiences this month, most venues have been hesitant to renew reveals till they will achieve this at full capability and with out restrictive COVID security pointers in place. However Tompkins Sq. Park got here roaring to life this weekend when a gaggle of New York hardcore bands performed a large outside present there, with an estimated crowd of two,000-3,000 individuals in attendance, effectively above the utmost quantity of individuals allowed to collect open air presently.

It was doubtless the most important city-permitted live performance since strict pandemic-related restrictions have been imposed in New York again in March of 2020.

Saturday’s live performance, which was organized by Black N’ Blue Productions, featured hardcore teams Madball, Murphy’s Regulation, Bloodclot and The Capturers; it was a free, unticketed occasion, however the bands solicited donations on GoFundMe beforehand for the New York Metropolis Burn Middle Basis (they raised over $6,000 altogether). It was the primary main present to happen on the park for the reason that pandemic began.

There’s one other hardcore present deliberate for the park on Might eighth—that includes Antidote NYHC, Kings By no means Die, and the Final Stand—however that present could also be in jeopardy now. A Parks Division spokesperson advised Gothamist, “This matter is actively being investigated because the allow utility filed and settlement seem to have been violated—future permits are in jeopardy.”

We have reached out to the Parks Division for extra details about the allow course of. Spokespersons for Mayor Invoice de Blasio didn’t reply to questions concerning the occasion.

As you possibly can see in movies under, a number of of the state’s COVID security pointers weren’t adopted throughout the present. There was no social distancing taking place throughout a present that featured tons on moshing, and no distance between the performers and the viewers. There additionally clearly have been lots of people not carrying masks. And in keeping with state pointers, the max quantity of people that could be attendance at outside occasions proper now’s capped at 500 individuals.

David “Springa” Spring, former frontman of Boston hardcore band SSD, was additionally criticized for becoming a member of Murphy’s Regulation onstage whereas carrying a “BLACK FLAG MATTERS” shirt.

As Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Peckinold wrote in a touch upon a Stereogum Instagram put up concerning the occasion, “Attending this by chance in the present day was an actual headfuck.”

Bloodclot frontman (and Cro-Mags founder) John Joseph responded to criticisms of the occasion on Instagram and Fb, evaluating this occasion to Black Lives Matter protests final yr and 4/20 celebrations this yr.

“Yesterday in Tompkins Sq. Park Historical past was Made,” he wrote. “Nicely over 2000 individuals got here out to a FREE present by the individuals for the individuals. It was a blast – we raised cash for the FDNY burn unit and fed individuals natural plant-based meals. And let me say this to all of the chumps and beeotch’s speaking shit. For the final yr in New York Metropolis there have been protests – tens and 1000’s of individuals within the streets – some rioting and looting participating in bias assaults – no one mentioned shit – the media condoned it. On 4/20 1000’s stuffed Washington Sq. Park sharing blunts and weed pipes no masks – once more no one mentioned shit. This was our fucking protest – this was our rally – individuals got here out from all around the nation and loved stay music! Those that didn’t wish to come stayed away – good no one Missed their ass. They have been free to stay in worry – disguise beneath their desk and discuss shit on social media.”

“By no means allow them to cease the music,” he added. “That is our life!”

Council Member Keith Powers, who has been a supporter of the Save Our Levels Act to help venues throughout the pandemic, stopped by on the finish of the present on Saturday and tweeted a photo of himself there. A spokesperson famous that he was watching the present from a distance.

“We’re all enthusiastic about supporting our music scene, however we nonetheless have to keep in mind that we’re in a pandemic,” Powers advised Gothamist. Requested concerning the security of the occasion, he went on to reference a Gorilla Biscuits track: “I’ve reached out to organizers to remind them to ‘begin in the present day’ with higher social distancing protocols.”

You may try extra images from the occasion at Brooklyn Vegan, in addition to extra movies and pics under.