September 30, 2015


Is Coachella Adding a New York Festival Next Year?

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

Coachella expanded to a double-weekend festival three years ago; now it's looking at going bicoastal. "The city has been quietly talking with one of the nation’s biggest concert promoters [AEG Live] about putting on a music festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park [in Queens] next June," reports the New York Daily News

The event wouldn't be Coachella 2 in name; it's "tentatively called Panorama" and is already working on securing artists for its bill. It may go down a mere two weeks after the city's Governors Ball, which has the folks behind that young fest worried. Tom Russell from Founders Entertainment, the organization behind Gov Ball, which threw its fifth fete in June, tells the News:

“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."

Melinda Katz, Queens' Borough President, weighed in as well: “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."

Made in America Festival experimented with going bicoastal in 2014, with overlapping lineups in L.A. and Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend. They scrapped the idea in 2015 (but the fest still ruled).