Right now, nobody seems entirely sure when live shows are coming back, or when live shows should come back. The pandemic is still raging, but more and more people are getting vaccinated. Live shows have been happening for months, at biker rallies and cavernous clubs and open-air parks. Within the hardcore community, certain people (mostly old-head veteran types) have been vocal about the idea that live shows should’ve never stopped, and a few have thrown maskless indoor invite-only shows. This past weekend, though, hardcore shows returned on a large scale. A group of New York bands played a massive open-air show at Tompkins Square Park, a place that’s had a long history with punk shows. Naturally, a great many people are pissed off about the show happening at all.
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