NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While Randall’s Island will hold two music festivals this year, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has denied all permits for multi-day festivals at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park this summer.
“While we are heartened about the interest in one Queens’ most important parks, our primary concern here is ensuring that the park is available New Yorkers who call Flushing Meadows-Corona Park their home,” said Sam Biederman, Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
AEG Live/Goldenvoice said it has preliminary approval to host a three-day music festival on Randall’s Island from July 22 to July 24, WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported. Panorama is aimed to be an east coast version of Coachella, a popular annual music festival typically held in California.
Founders Entertainment, a competitor of AEG, will host Governor’s Ball at Randall’s Island from June 3 to June 5. The company wanted to do a second event at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, but the Parks Department said it didn’t want to disrupt the summer activities there.
“No events have been finally permitted at Randall’s Island in that month, but the next step here is to work out final logistics,” Biederman said.
Founders Entertainment is accusing AEG Live of using political influences to secure the concert.