Coachella in New York City? Festival Organizers Are Exploring Options

A Coachella style festival in New York City sounds like it would be a huge hit, although there are a few concerns.
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A Coachella style festival in New York City sounds like it would be a huge hit, although there are a few concerns.

With the massive success that Coachella has had on the West Coast, why not bring over their distinct vibe across the country to New York City?

It may soon become a possibility as the New York Daily Times has reported Coachella organizers, AEG Live, are eyeing Flushing Meadows in Queens as a possible destination for what they are tentatively calling Panorama. 

Although this is definitely exciting news for all music fans on the East Coast, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has raised some interesting concerns. 

“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,” Katz said regarding the fact that Flushing Meadows Corona Park has never hosted a charged-admission event by a for-profit company. 

“They already have so many large scale events the only drawback is the traffic and the parking,” said Evelyn DeCoursey of the 110th Precinct Community Council.

Tom Russell of Founders Entertainment, which puts on Governors Ball is worried how the festival will impact his event along with the economy of the city. “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.”

If this East Coast Coachella, or Panorama, comes to fruition we're sure it will be a big success and will leave a positive mark on New York City. We'll keep you updated as more news surfaces.

(source: New York Daily News)