We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert – a one-day music festival pinned as “a celebration of the return of New York” – was canceled midway through, citing concerns about the safety of punters affected by the Hurricane Henri.
The event, which takes place today (August 21) in Central Park, welcomed up to 60,000 spectators (all vaccinated, in accordance with its entry requirements) before it closed.
Result reports that many featured artists – including Journey, LL Cool J, Santana and Barry Manilow – were able to perform as planned, but the event was halted before one of the headliners took the stage .
Those scheduled to close the event included Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello and The Killers.
An announcement was made asking punters to take cover, with screens reading: “Due to the approaching inclement weather, all people should move quickly and calmly to the nearest exit and head for the nearest exit. towards your vehicles and protected areas outside the festival site. Please seek shelter for your safety.
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According to CNN, who broadcast the event exclusively, it is possible that the event will resume without a crowd. At the time of writing, organizers have yet to announce their intention to do so.
Hurricane Henri is expected to make landfall in the region tomorrow (August 22).