Field Day Fest In Doubt

The Field Day festival, scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, N.Y., appears to be in doubt. According to published reports, officials in Suffolk County have denied the festival a permit to operate, fea

The Field Day festival, scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, N.Y., appears to be in doubt. According to published reports, officials in Suffolk County have denied the festival a permit to operate, fearing local police would not be able to handle the anticipated crowd of 50,000. Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Beck, Underworld, Sigur Ros, the Roots, and Liz Phair are among the acts scheduled to appear at the two-day affair.

Apparently, act representation knew beforehand that a permit was not yet a guarantee for Field Day. One manager was granted upfront half of an act's booking fee, which is non-refundable, because of the chance the fest might not go forward. Nevertheless, the manager trusts that promoters will eventually land the permit and "is very optimistic" Field Day will go on.

A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET tomorrow (May 28) with the Riverhead (N.Y.) chief of police and town supervisor.

In a statement, Field Day executive producer Andrew Dreskin says the "notice of denial was premature," adding that organizers "are continuing to work closely" with local police to try to resolve the issue, and had meetings scheduled Tuesday (May 27) evening. "We are moving ahead with efforts to keep the Field Day Music Festival on track," reads the release.

"Obviously we are disappointed by this decision, but it appears to be based more on procedural issues than substantive problems," Dreskin continues. "We believe we can resolve this issue quickly so that we can stage a festival that benefits the town, the county and a world wide audience that seeks to come to Calverton."

Calls to Field Day promoter Goldenvoice and parent company AEG were not returned by deadline.

As previously reported, Field Day is to be the first major concert at Calverton's Enterprise Park, which is about 70 miles east of Manhattan. Modeled after the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Southern California, Field Day is also slated to be Radiohead's first major North American concert appearance since late 2001.