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New York City Homecoming Concert cut short due to adverse weather

Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Elvis Costello were unable to perform

  • Safi Bugel
  • 24 August 2021
New York City Homecoming Concert cut short due to adverse weather

New York’s Homecoming Concert was cut short over the weekend due to inclement weather.

Last Saturday, 60,000 people arrived at Central Park to attend the event. Patti Smith, LL Cool J, Earth Wind and Fire and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra were among those billed to play.

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However, the onset of lightning meant that the festival was cut short, finishing at around 7:30PM. Organisers officially cancelled the event three hours later, at 10:30PM.

Thunder and lightning began to hit the park during Barry Manilow’s performance, leading an announcer to instruct audience members to “seek shelter” for their safety mid-way.

Headliners including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Elvis Costello were thus unable to perform.

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Stormy conditions continued late into the night.

The concert was organised as part of New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to celebrate the city’s return to large events amid the pandemic. It was to mark the first live music concert in NYC on such a mass scale, hence its ‘Homecoming’ title.

Safi Bugel is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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