Coachella May Spread to New York City Next Year

Coachella May Spread to New York City Next Year
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Coachella, the country's largest and most notoriously basic music festival, may be about to expand its reach. According to the New York Daily News, AEG Live, the entertainment giant behind Coachella, has been talking with New York City to bring one of its festivals to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Reportedly, AEG is looking to launch as soon as next June, scheduling their festival two weeks out from the smaller, independently run Governor's Ball Music Festival. If all unfolds according to plan, Governor's Ball's days might be numbered.

Coachella's East Coast sister is tentatively called Panorama. According to Gothamist, it's already booking headliners. The potential scheduling conflicts and amount of money in play could turn simple act of finding performers could turn into a fight for the soul of NYC music festivals.

"New York City is big enough for two music festivals, but the proposed timing of this sets up an unnecessary rivalry," Governor's Ball co-founder Tom Russell told Gothamist. "We're a small, local promoter up against a big corporate machine. We know how those fights typically work out."


Source: Tumblr

Another festival could bring more money into the city. Governor's Ball raked in $40 million for the city last year; compare that to the $254.4 million economic impact Coachella brought to the Coachella Valley in 2012, according to a study by Golden Voice. If both festivals can sustain audiences, New York may be looking at another potential gold mine, and a force strong enough to revitalize the sections of Flushing Meadows Corona Park that have deteriorated since the 1964 World's Fair.

If Panorama comes together, of course, the price will be just that many more GIFs of wasted, neon-bedecked teenagers flooding the Internet next summer.

h/t The New York Daily News

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at tom@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Why Halle Berry believes her Oscar win "meant nothing" to diversity in Hollywood

Here is how the actress is getting involved to bring more diversity to Hollywood.

The 'Pretty Little Liars' series finale tackled fertility and it was the realest the show ever got

British evil twin aside, the 'Pretty Little Liars' finale dealt with a serious issue in a sober way.

'Baby Driver' reviews: Critics are in love with Edgar Wright's latest high-octane film

'Baby Driver' is being called one of the summer's best films.

'America's Got Talent' contestant Johnny Manuel dominates Whitney Houston ballad

The Flint, Michigan, native missed a shot at a music career in his teens. Now he wants a second chance.

How much money does the winner of 'Big Brother' season 19 get?

After battling it out all summer, the winner of 'Big Brother' gets a big payout.

'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke filmed more in Belfast. What does that mean for Daenerys?

Many of the series' interior shots are filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast.

Why Halle Berry believes her Oscar win "meant nothing" to diversity in Hollywood

Here is how the actress is getting involved to bring more diversity to Hollywood.

The 'Pretty Little Liars' series finale tackled fertility and it was the realest the show ever got

British evil twin aside, the 'Pretty Little Liars' finale dealt with a serious issue in a sober way.

'Baby Driver' reviews: Critics are in love with Edgar Wright's latest high-octane film

'Baby Driver' is being called one of the summer's best films.

'America's Got Talent' contestant Johnny Manuel dominates Whitney Houston ballad

The Flint, Michigan, native missed a shot at a music career in his teens. Now he wants a second chance.

How much money does the winner of 'Big Brother' season 19 get?

After battling it out all summer, the winner of 'Big Brother' gets a big payout.

'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke filmed more in Belfast. What does that mean for Daenerys?

Many of the series' interior shots are filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast.