Field Day Fest Slowly Moving Forward
After dire reports that the Field Day festival, scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, N.Y., may be cancelled, the event appears to be slowly moving forward. Organizers still lack a required mass gatherAfter dire reports that the Field Day festival, scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, N.Y., may be cancelled, the event appears to be slowly moving forward. Organizers still lack a required mass gathering permit, but at a press conference today (May 28), the local police chief conceded that if fest executive producer Andrew Dreskin can find a way to hire 60-70 more police officers, the permit will likely be granted. Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Beck, Underwold, Sigur Ros, the Roots and Liz Phair are among the acts slated to appear.
As it stands, the Riverhead police department, which handles Calverton law enforcement, does not feel that its force alone can effectively manage the anticipated crowd of 50,000. An appeal for additional officers to Suffolk County has been refused because the earliest the county's legislature can hold the necessary approval process would not be until after the concert.
"We are working toward securing alternative law enforcement," Riverhead Town Supervisor Robert Kozakiewicz tells Billboard.com. "When all is said and done we believe [Field Day] will be favorably received."
Kozakiewicz wants Field Day to proceed as planned because "of the revenue that would be generated for local businesses." After the conference, a fest spokesperson claimed that "all parties believe there is sufficient time" to gather more police in time for the June shows. A spokesperson from the Riverhead chamber of commerce tells Billboard.com that Field Day organizers should have up to 48 hours prior to the event to secure the required permits.
The festival has also come under attack by environmentalists. The Long Island Pine Barrens Society, an environmental advocacy group, is suing the town of Riverhead because it feels Field Day will threaten the nesting period of a species of sparrow. Joey MacLellan, executive assistant to Kozakiewicz, said that while the town is currently addressing the situation, the lawsuit has no bearing on whether or not Field Day will roll out.
As previously reported, act representation were well aware that a permit had not been guaranteed for the festival. Yet managers contacted by Billboard.com were confident that promoters would eventually land a permit and Field Day would happen as planned.