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NYC to stage reopening gig for 60,000 in Central Park

New York City is set to celebrate the return of full capacity concerts with a huge gig for 60,000 fans in Central Park in August.

The Official NYC Homecoming Concert in Central Park, likely to be held on August 21, will be led by pioneering music industry executive Clive Davis, who is looking to book eight “iconic” acts to play the three-hour show.

The New York Times reports that Live Nation will be involved in the show, for which the majority of tickets will be free. It has also been reported that 70 per cent of tickets will go to people who have taken the coronavirus vaccine, with vaccinated and unvaccinated sections of the audience planned.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is aiming to open up the city and remove all social distancing restrictions from the start of July.

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

New York City has introduced the Excelsior Pass that allows venues to see who has received the vaccine, the first COVID certification pass to be introduced in the US. It has been downloaded more than one million times already.

Davis, an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and former head of Columbia Records, said: “I can’t think of a better place than the Great Lawn of Central Park to be the place where you say that New York is reopening.

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