New York is planning a 60,000 person Central Park concert this summer

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  • Mayor Bill de Blasio has described the event as part of the city's "Homecoming Week."
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  • This summer, Central Park is seeing its first festival since the start of the pandemic. Tentatively scheduled for August 21st, Mayor de Blasio is planning a large-scale festival, which plans to host 60,000 attendees in the Manhattan park's vast Great Lawn, The New York Times reports. The festival, which currently has a working title of "The Official NYC Homecoming Concert in Central Park," has been planned as a main event for the city's "Homecoming Week." Clive Davis has been granted the responsibility of booking performers, and while no artists have been confirmed, the US producer hopes to enlist eight "iconic" artists for a three-hour show. "This concert is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity," Mr. de Blasio said in an interview. "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." Tickets for the event will be mostly free, with 70 percent of tickets reserved for those that are vaccinated, and other tickets designated for unvaccinated attendees and V.I.P. seating. Davis claims de Blasio asked him to organize a show that would highlight the need for more young people to get vaccinated. "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," Mr. Davis also said in an interview. As of May 19th, New York has seen major reopenings of most of its businesses, including event venues. Read more about what nightlife in the city currently looks like in our The Return Of Events feature series.