The Chainsmokers hopped on the drive-in concert bandwagon this past Saturday once they decided to throw a charity fundraiser with live music within the Hamptons. While the event was alleged to abide by safety precautions amidst the coronavirus pandemic, it’s like things got out of hand — and now people are criticizing the band because of it.
The concert happened on a huge 100-acre lot on Long Island with an enormous stage for The Chainsmokers to perform on. Concertgoers could attend by buying tickets for a parking spot and staying within its perimeter while watching the show. Over 600 cars turned up with over 3,000 people within the crowd, though. Footage from the event — particularly shots of the gang from the onstage point of view — reveals that a lot of these attendees threw caution to the wind for a closer check out the band or a far better Instagram story angle.
To be fair, there were a lot of safety precautions put in place. Everyone’s temperatures were checked before entering the plot, parking spots were limited to twenty feet by 20 feet, bathrooms were stationed six feet apart, masks got to anyone who arrived without one, and hand sanitizer was widely available. But Americans are going to be Americans, which means we can’t be trusted to follow rules — especially when there are alcohol and a sense of entitlement involved.
How much did these people pay to potentially catch COVID-19? Ticket packages sold for upwards of $25,000, with incentives including a private RV from which to observe the show, fancy prix-fixe meals to eat there beforehand, and a helicopter ride that flew attendees you on to the location. At least all of the cash was donated to the evening’s charities: No Kid Hungry, Southampton Fresh Air Home, and therefore the Children’s Medical Fund of the latest York.
Unsurprisingly, people are dunking on the band and therefore the audience online for the blatant lack of social distancing during the concert. “Looks like social distancing was strongly enforced,” joked oneTwitter user( click to see the post). “When NY gets the inevitable spike just blame these rich selfish White race .”
New York’s health commissioner, Howard A. Zucker, wrote that he was greatly disturbed by reports that showed thousands of people standing close together and generally not adhering to social-distancing guidance.
” I am at a loss as to how the Town of Southampton could have issued a permit for such an event, how they believed it was legal and not an obvious public health threat,” Dr. Zucker wrote.
A series of the posts below reveals that The Chainsmokers planned to bring this show on the road. Similar concerts will allegedly be held in Miami, l. a. , Atlanta, Nashville, and Chicago, though no dates are announced as of yet. In a cruel twist of fate, the simplest thing you’ll do is true now’s heed the band’s own lyrics as advice: “I can’t wait to go away as soon as I arrive.”