Governors Ball responds to the launch of Goldenvoice’s East Coast festival, Panorama
New York festival Governors Ball has responded critically to Goldenvoice‘s announcement of the brand new Panorama Music Festival, or “East Coast Coachella” as it’s already being hailed. Panorama will take place less than two months after Governors Ball’s fifth edition, and in the same location in New York at Randall’s Island Park.
Governors Ball has been fighting Panorama’s arrival since October 2015, when the festival set forth a petition asking New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to bar the new festival from entering the market. Governors Ball representative Tom Russell stated:
“We’re very confident our lineup and proven track record will draw a great crowd to Governors Ball this year, and our experience with the festival site allows us to put on a great event for music fans. But this is a short-sighted and disappointing solution. The city needs a long-term strategy for approving music festivals that ensures it is maximizing the economic and community impact of these events. Scheduling two same-genre festivals on top of each other like this makes it difficult for either to provide the maximum benefit to its fans, its neighbors and taxpayers.”
Panorama’s representatives unsurprisingly disagree, arguing that the two festivals can coexist in the market, “thrive, and have long-term success.” Goldenvoice representative Mark Shulman said,“New York City has 12.5 million residents, plus an enormous number of domestic and international visitors, who keep our many sports arenas, music venues, museums, theaters and restaurants at capacity each night. NYC sustains multiple music festivals and Panorama will add one additional entertainment option over the summer.”
Panorama Music Festival will take place July 22-24. The lineup has not yet been announced.