In the ongoing saga of the battle of the NYC festivals, new details are out and it’s official: Coachella is coming to NYC this summer. The Panorama festival is set for July 22-24 with a speculated headliner of LCD Soundsystem, who were recently announced as one of Coachella’s headliners.
All signs have been leading to Goldenvoice hosting their inaugural NYC festival some time in June at Corona Park in Queens where the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs were held, with early plans laid out for economic development and local politicians praising the idea of the festival in Queens. However, the City Parks Department has rejected all three of Goldenvoice’s proposals for the festival, as the New York Daily News reports.
But don’t fret, Panorama has found a home, at least for this coming summer: Randall’s Island. The location has a long track record with large events, most recently playing host to concerts like the Dave Matthews Band Caravan mini tour, Phish, Electric Zoo, Farmborough and of course, Governors Ball. While Founders Entertainment is criticizing the review process that landed Panorama at an alternate site which happens to be Governors Ball’s home turf, it at least is not being held within a few weekends of Governors Ball. It may also be a temporary home for Panorama as Goldenvoice seeks to peruse options in Queens in the future.
No lineup has been announced yet for Panorama, but there is speculation that NYC natives LCD Soundsystem may be headlining being that Goldenvoice already has them on the roster for Coachella.
Randall’s Island will certainly be busy this summer with a lot of great music between the two festivals. Read more of NYS Music’s past coverage of the NYC festival battle here, including the recent lineup announcement for the 2016 Governors Ball.