The producers behind Coachella have their eye on Queens, NY. The city has been in talks with the concert promoters about a possible music festival taking over Flushing Meadows Corona Park in June of next year.
AEG Live, the entertainment company that brings Coachella to Indio, California every year, is currently calling the new festival ‘Panorama’. If put into action, Panorama would be one of the largest events Queens has seen since the 1964 World’s Fair.
New York’s most popular music festival is of course Governors Ball, which takes place on nearby Randall’s Island for three days in June. AEG has already began finding talent for the new festival and plans on holding it just two weeks after Governors Ball. Obviously this could very well affect the lineup for Governors Ball, as well as the amount of attendees.
Tom Russell, partner at Founders Entertainment, the company behind Governors, is worried about the news, “(t)he timing of this corporate-run festival would threaten our ability as a small business to continue putting on the kind of event that has showcased the best artists, created hundreds of local jobs and put millions of dollars back into the city’s economy.”
The implementation of Panorama also causes concerns for NYC as a whole. According to an economic impact study of Governors Ball in 2014, the festival generated a whopping $40 million for New York City.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz expressed her concerns, stating “(w)hile we encourage public events of any scale that enhance our borough, this proposal appears to raise significant concerns, especially the precedent it would potentially set.” Flushing Meadows Corona Park has never been used by a for-profit company before.
AEG has yet to comment on the matter.