NYC ‘Mega-Concert’ Sets Lineup: Springsteen, Simon, Santana, Journey, Costello and More
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on July 27, 2021, the full lineup for the outdoor “Mega-Concert” to be held in New York City’s Central Park on August 21 at 5 p.m. The star-studded event is the culmination of what is being called NYC Homecoming Week.
As expected, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Jennifer Hudson are the concert’s biggest names. They’ll be joined by such stars as Carlos Santana, Andrea Bocelli, Elvis Costello, Journey, Barry Manilow, Earth, Wind & Fire, LL Cool J, and more.
The concert is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Attendees will be allowed on the Great Lawn beginning at 3 p.m. but will need a ticket and proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. 80% of the tickets will be free with a two-ticket limit for the general seating section. There will also be Gold and VIP sections standing section and a seated Platinum section. Citi cardmembers can purchase VIP tickets beginning July 29 at 10 a.m. local time until Aug. 1 at 10 p.m. local time here. Free tickets will be released in batches beginning Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. local time here.
On June 7, the first reports of an outdoor “Mega-Concert” were revealed for Central Park. Each of the city’s five boroughs will host a concert and on July 29, the lineups were revealed. (See below.)
The series will be capped off with a concert on Saturday, August 21 on the Great Lawn in Central Park. Music mogul Clive Davis was charged with securing the talent for that date and he has filled it with many artists that he’s been associated with over his own legendary career. While at the helm of Columbia Records, Springsteen, Simon and Santana recorded for the label. He also shepherded the careers of Manilow and Smith, while running Arista Records.
On July 1, Mayor de Blasio confirmed that Hudson had also signed on. “Three amazing artists have stepped forward and said they want to be part of the comeback of New York City,” said the Mayor. “They want to help us do this and we are really appreciative of all three.”
“This is going to be one of the greatest Central Park concerts in history,” said de Blasio in the July 27 announcement. “This is something for the ages.”
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