The Producers of The Chainsmokers’ Viral COVID-19 Drive-In Concert Tried to Defend the Event
After the controversial charity concert featuring The Chainsmokers was held on July 25, videos of the massive crowd in attendance went viral. In The Know Experiences and Invisible, the organizers of the event, issued a statement defending the concert.
The concert was held for charity
Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, live in-person concerts are a rarity due to the dangers of spreading the virus. The “Safe & Sound” concert was advertised as a drive-in concert to support No Kid Hungry, Children’s Medical Fund of NY, and Southampton Fresh Air Home.
DJ D-Sol, the alter ego of Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, was the concert’s opener. Singer-songwriter Matt White and Southampton’s Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman also performed. While The Chainsmokers are on a social media break to work on their next album, the music duo took the time to perform at the “Safe & Sound” charity concert.
To attend, admission cost anywhere from $1,250 to $25,000 according to Billboard. The concert was held on July 25, 2020 in The Hamptons. To work with required health mandates, social distancing guidelines were set to be put in place. Organizers also said free masks would be given out and there would be hand-sanitizing stations available.
The Chainsmokers’ concert is currently being investigated
After the event, videos of the concert went viral because it appeared attendees were not social distancing.
“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. We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health,” tweeted Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Organizers of The Chainsmokers’ concert issued a statement
Following the immense backlash, In The Know Experiences and Invisible issued a statement to Billboard defending the event, writing:
“When we decided to produce this Drive-In Concert Fundraiser, our goal was to bring some joy into people’s lives during these difficult times, and do it in the safest possible environment. We also wanted to give back to these important charities, create awareness for these local businesses and provide work to over 350 people who have been unemployed as a result of the pandemic.
The video that everyone is talking about was taken from an angle that doesn’t properly convey how careful we were to follow the guidelines created by the CDC. We did everything in our power to enforce New York’s social distancing guidelines and collaborated with all state and local health officials to keep everyone safe.”
“Upon arrival, individuals within each car had their temperatures taken and were also provided complimentary face masks before driving to their designated 20′ x 20′ spot. Guests were also instructed that they would not be allowed to leave their designed spots for any reason other than to use the restroom facilities. Announcements and reminders were made every 30 minutes from the main stage, and security guards regularly patrolled the area to encourage mask wearing and promote social distancing guidelines.
We followed all proper and current protocol, including spacing each spot more than six feet apart, positioning sanitizing stations throughout the open grounds, temperature checks for all attendees, sanitization of restrooms every 10 minutes, local security enforcing guests to wear their masks both in and out of their designated areas, contact tracing, clearly marked parking zones, as well as providing complimentary face masks upon arrival.”