For those unaware, New York City will be implementing vaccine mandates for all “leisure indoor activities” on August 16 with full enforcement starting on September 13. The move is a smart one considering the pandemic is worsening as people continue to refuse to get vaccinated. However, it appears Madball have taken issue with the idea and will no longer be performing in the city after their August 14 show at Irving Plaza.
The band said the following:
“Heads up NYC : We’ve been asked a bunch if Irving is still happening… the answer is YES! That said, in light of the new rules that will be implemented in the city, this will likely be the last show we play here for a very long time. Sad to say. We truly respect whatever decisions people make with their bodies but we cannot in good conscience play shows that require personal/private medical information(like vaccination status) for entry. We have a special set list we’re working on. This show will be bittersweet.. let’s make it memorable! There’s still some tickets available in the link☝️.. grab em up while you can! #weloveyounyc #fight #tryanny #hclives”
This news comes after Madball, Murphy’s Law, Bloodclot, and more previously caused controversy after playing a massive show at New York City’s Tompkins Square Park back in April. That event violated various COVID-19 safety protocols that were in place at the time.
[via The PRP]