Clive Davis plans Central Park ‘mega-concert’ to celebrate New York reopening

The famed producer will help put on a music event with an audience of 60,000 with eight ‘iconic’ acts yet to be confirmed

New York City and producer Clive Davis are teaming up to put on a “mega-concert” in Central Park to celebrate the reopening of New York City.

According to the New York Times, mayor Bill de Blasio contacted the 89-year-old industry titan to help plan a concert with an audience of 60,000 for August. No artists are confirmed yet but Davis is aiming for eight “iconic” acts.

It’s part of “homecoming week” which will include a number of major events across the city.

“This concert is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” de Blasio said. “It’s going to be an amazing lineup. The whole week is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before in New York City.”

The majority of tickets will be free although there will be VIP seating. The three-hour event will also be televised. The working title is The Official NYC Homecoming Concert in Central Park.

There will reportedly be vaccinated and unvaccinated sections of the crowd but 70% of tickets will go to those who have had the vaccine. It’s estimated that around 48% of the city have now been fully vaccinated.

Davis, who grew up in Brooklyn, said he was “greatly honored” to have De Blasio ask him to be involved. Throughout his career, Davis has signed artists including Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and Pink Floyd.

“There’s a mental attitude that I think we are all looking forward to,” Davis said. “That the future is bright and healthy for this country, for the world and for New York City.”

The news comes after state governor Andrew Cuomo hosted a press conference with James Dolan, the chief executive of Madison Square Garden Entertainment, to promise a “blockbuster summer” of events in New York City. Radio City Music Hall is re-opening this month for a Tribeca film festival event, allowing in maskless vaccinated attendees.

The city has introduced the Excelsior Pass that allows venues to see who has received the vaccine, the first so-called vaccine passport to be introduced in the US. More than a million people have now downloaded. More than 9 million New Yorker have been vaccinated.

Contributor

Benjamin Lee

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
'Where are all the women?': New York City to commission new public artworks
Chirlane McCray announces She Built NYC, a panel that will field submissions and pick women to commemorate

Jake Nevins in New York

20, Jun, 2018 @4:52 PM

Article image
Kanye West pop-up concert ends in New York street chaos
Rapper’s pop-up performance at Webster Hall, a 1,500-capacity venue in Manhattan, is overrun by crowds and dispersed by the NYPD

Amber Jamieson

06, Jun, 2016 @12:24 PM

Article image
The show did not go on: storm thwarts Central Park concert celebrating city’s Covid comeback
Show was cut short, an hour and a half early, before Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Patti Smith could hit the stage

Rob LeDonne in New York

22, Aug, 2021 @1:55 PM

Article image
Yinka Shonibare: behind the artist's new Central Park sculpture
The British Nigerian artist has unveiled Wind Sculpture (SG) 1, a 23ft fiberglass piece he hopes will promote a message of inclusion in the US

Nadja Sayej

08, Mar, 2018 @3:08 PM

Article image
A mind-melting 24 hours: Met brings Stockhausen's Klang to New York
Met celebrates new Breuer campus with US premiere of one of the most challenging avant garde works of all time – performed in all three of its buildings

Seth Colter Walls

18, Mar, 2016 @2:28 PM

Article image
Hurricane Henri scuppers New York comeback concert
Crowd asked to leave Central Park extravaganza that featured Springsteen and LL Cool J on the billing

Lauren Aratani in New York

22, Aug, 2021 @1:17 AM

Article image
Pop-up shoppers of the world unite as Morrissey store opens in New York
Fans stock up on T-shirts and dog bandannas before eagerly awaited Brooklyn gig as Mporium, last seen in Manchester, raises funds for animal shelter

Adam Gabbatt in New York

24, Sep, 2016 @7:29 PM

Article image
If the 1% stifles New York's creative talent, I'm out of here | David Byrne

David Byrne for Creative Time Reports: Rampant inequality is squeezing out the artistic genius that made New York such a vibrant cultural capital. We can't let that happen

David Byrne for Creative Time Reports, part of the Guardian Comment Network

07, Oct, 2013 @1:30 PM

Article image
Mark Leckey: the raving artist goes large at MoMA PS1 in New York
Inspired by the 90s rave scene, the artist has filled the Queens space with footage of sweaty nightclubs, trippy images and soundsystems blasting fart sounds

Nadja Sayej

27, Oct, 2016 @4:33 PM

Article image
Madonna performs at surprise New York rally: ‘Save this country, vote for Hillary Clinton’
Delivering an astonishing concert of hits to a crowd at Washington Square Park, Madonna pitches for Clinton on dramatic final day of US election campaign

Emma-Lee Moss

08, Nov, 2016 @11:56 AM