A controversial concert headlined by EDM duo the Chainsmokers is under investigation — and sharp online scrutiny — after footage surfaced of attendees appearing to ignore safety guidelines amid the COVID crisis. On Monday, New York Gov. Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations. I am appalled. The Department of Health will conduct an investigation. In some images, dividers can be seen on the ground, and a few guests appear to be sitting atop their cars. With traditional live-music gatherings prohibited because of COVID, drive-in concerts have emerged as a safe, socially distant, better-than-nothing alternative.
Popular electronic band The Chainsmokers is facing widespread criticism online after footage from a concert over the weekend in Southampton, New York, went viral. Various clips of the performance , shared by multiple Twitter users, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, show crowds of people standing shoulder to shoulder, where some members wore masks but not all. The concert, according to the official event website , was intended to be a "safe," "drive-in" gathering, with attendees required to stay within a certain foot radius of their car and only able to leave to use the restroom, when they would need to wear a mask. But footage and photos from the event do not appear to align with these guidelines, which prompted New York state's health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, to send a letter to the supervisor of the town of Southampton, Jay Schneiderman, on Monday. The letter, obtained by TODAY, began by referencing the state's "declared state of emergency," which started March 7, and Cuomo's executive order, which bans non-essential gatherings larger than 50 people.
Drive-in movies a little too s for your tastes? How about a drive-in Chainsmokers concert? The duo behind some of our favorite EDM-pop tunes are headlining Safe and Sound , the first-ever drive-in music fundraiser and what's sure to be the closest thing we get to an actual music festival this summer , which is heading to the Hamptons this weekend. Attendees will be given their own designated parking area for four to six people, where they can set up al fresco to take in the beats, sip JAJA Tequila, play games and more. A variety of gifting products and curated experiences will also be available, including cans of Heineken's innovative alcohol-free beer Heineken 0. For the safety of guests, temperatures will be taken upon arrival and complimentary face masks will be provided. Once concertgoers park at their designated zone, they will have access to hand-sanitizing stations placed throughout the grounds, as well as the ability to use on-site restrooms which will be disinfected every 10 minutes. Interested in snagging tix?
BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member. A massive "drive-in" Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons over the weekend has sparked a state investigation and drawn a ton of backlash online. But a handful of concertgoers told BuzzFeed News that they felt "very safe" and that they did not feel at risk for contracting or unknowingly spreading the coronavirus by attending. The event's website declared that all proceeds will go toward local and national charities. An estimated 2, people attended the concert on Saturday. And while many Chainsmokers fans boasted on social media about their unique and exclusive concert experience, a video originally taken by someone onstage with the band, and was later shared to Twitter , has people concerned about the potential health risks an event of this scale could pose.