Live Nation's Gov Ball vs. AEG Live's Panorama -- The Battle of the New York Festivals

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Governors Ball Music Festival
Florence & The Machine onstage at Governors Ball on New York’s Randall’s Island in 2015.

As Live Nation reportedly ­finalizes its ­purchase of Founders Entertainment, owner of Governors Ball, New York’s festival market is poised for a showdown between the two biggest promoters in the business, with Randall’s Island as the unlikely battleground. Seven weeks after Governors Ball stages its sixth ­edition June 3-5, AEG Live’s new Panorama festival will occupy the same location when it debuts July 22-24. Live Nation and AEG Live have been engaged in an escalating competition as the festival market has exploded, with AEG and subsidiary Goldenvoice's portfolio (Coachella, Stagecoach, Firefly and more) competing with Live Nation's majority stakes in Electric Daisy Carnival, C3 Presents (Lollapalooza) and Bonnaroo.

How do they match up? Tale of the tape below...


This article originally appeared in the April 2 issue of Billboard.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.