The Meadows joins the festival graveyard – for now
After months of speculation, the founders of New York’s Meadows Music and Arts Festival have confirmed rumors that the festival will not be returning in 2018.
Founders Entertainment, the company behind festivals like Governor’s Ball, created the event in 2016, and it took place near Citi Field in 2016 and 2017, boasting headliners like Kanye West and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Unfortunately, its location in a parking lot near the New York Mets’ Citi Field didn’t make for the most ideal festival spot, leading the company to take time to regroup and consider a location shift for 2019.
A statement on the festival’s website reads as follows:
“After careful consideration, we have decided to take 2018 off and focus our efforts on returning in 2019. Our goal from day one has been to create a marquee, multi-day, fall music festival in Queens. After two great years at Citi Field, we were excited to shift our venue focus entirely to Flushing Meadows Corona Park – the location we always hoped to move to in year 3. However, after review of our application by NYC Parks, we were not able to obtain a workable multi-day permit for a 2018 festival in the park. Our sights are set on The Meadows in 2019, and we look forward to working together with all city partners and agencies.”