AGE Live, the organizer behind the major festival Coachella, recently announced their plan to introduce a new edition to their festival brand on the east coast. Tentatively dubbed Panorama, the new festival would take place in New York and would occur around the same time as Governor's Ball. But the organizers of Governor's Ball are none to pleased by the prospect, taking to Change.org and creating a petition to shut down Panorama.
The small, independent festival fears that a major competitor like AGE Live could negatively impact their business and put Governor's Ball at risk.
You can read their full statement below:
"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"
You can check out the petition here.