As we reported last month, AEG, the organizers of festivals like Coachella, are planning a new festival in Queens, NY called Panorama. This is an exciting opportunity for New York City to host another big music event, but with the date to be in the same month as Governors Ball, it looks like there will be some competition for attention.
Governors Ball organizers have since launched a petition to ask citizens to lobby against having the new AEG festival take place at it's proposed timeframe, 2 weeks after Governors Ball. In a letter to the public they outline how born and bred New Yorkers started the event in 2011 and aimed at bringing a major festival to the city. Read their full statement below and sign the petition if you think AEG's Panorama should change their event date.
To the Fans, Supporters, and Fellow Music Lovers,
We're writing you today to ask for your support to help keep Gov Ball alive for many years to come. We started the festival back in 2011 with one goal in mind: to bring a major music festival that New Yorkers could call their own to our hometown. One that was specifically curated for the eclectic music lovers of New York City. One that featured the very best of NYC cuisine. And one that operated with the attendee experience as the #1 priority.
As a small, independent company in an industry dominated by major corporations and rapid consolidation, we've come a long way and given hundreds of thousands of you first class entertainment. Sadly, today our future is in jeopardy and we need your help.
As reported in The Daily News and multiple industry news outlets, AEG is lobbying the Mayor's Office and other city agencies for approval of a major festival in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens two weeks after Governors Ball. 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.
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. 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!
Sign the petition now.
With Sincerity, and Gratitude,Team Gov Ball