In light of reports that concert promoter AEG Live is planning a new festival in New York City, the organizers behind the city’s Governors Ball have launched a petition asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to reject the event proposal for next June.
AEG Live is the promoter behind such massive festivals as Coachella, Hangout Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival and, according the Daily News, it is planning its new event to be called Panorama Music Festival just two weeks after Governors Ball — now in its fifth year as the city’s only major three-day festival. If Panorama does take off, it would mean significant competition for headlining acts and tickets.
“The timing of this proposed event is an aggressive, greedy attempt by AEG to push a small independent company of born and bred New Yorkers out of business and out of the market,” states the Governor’s Ball petition.
It goes on to ask not that the festival’s permit be rejected altogether, but simply that it take place at another time of year.
“We are writing you today to ask for your support and tell the Mayor’s Office and the City of New York to reject this proposed event that would take place two weeks after Gov Ball,” the petition reads. “We are asking that this proposed event take place at another time of year because this would allow both events to succeed. Please help Gov Ball survive and continue to serve you – the fans, friends, and family – for many years to come!”
While AEG has not yet obtained land permits for Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens where it reportedly hopes to hold the event, according to Consequence of Sound, it has already begun booking acts for the festival.
AEG tried to launch a New York-area festival in 2008 with All Points West, which was held in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park but lasted just two years.