Coachella Organziers Eyeing New York City Festival
Since its inception, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been known as a destination in the California desert for music lovers. However, it may be expanding to New York City.
According to the NY Daily News, Coachella festival organizers are looking to bring the popular festival to NYC. Dubbed "Panorama," the fest would take place in Queen's Flushing Meadows Corona Park... two weeks after Governor's Ball.
While its currently in talks, Coachella organizer AEG Live has already started recruiting acts.
Still, Panorama's fate is still uncertain. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz told the Daily News: "While 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," before noting details such as traffic and admission price
If Panorama launches, it would likely deliver a huge blow to Governors Ball, the city's only major three-day music festival, run by one of the last independent promotion companies in the music industry.
The news has left Governors Ball organizers upset. Founders Entertainment partner Tom Russell, who helps run the festival, told the paper: "The 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."