AEG Live confirmed on Saturday that their New York City-based Panorama Music Festival will not take place in 2019, but could return to its originally-planned home in the Flushing Meadows area of Queens in 2020.
The three-day event had taken place at Randall’s Island Park located on NYC’s East River in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The event has acted as the east-coast answer to Goldenvoice‘s Coachella, and has welcomed a mixed (but mostly-younger) crowd of fans for three days of music and unique life-size art installations at the same location where Governors Ball and Electric Zoo take place every summer. Organizers will spend their 2019 hiatus working with the city’s park officials on relocating the event to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2020, the same location where AEG also produced Paul Simon‘s final concert last fall.
“We were disappointed in NYC Parks denial of our permit application despite the long term benefits this event would deliver to the community and the park,” AEG said in a statement on Saturday. “While we have enjoyed our time on Randall’s Island and its great facilities, we feel that we have achieved all that we can at this site. We look forward to continued conversations with City Parks to explore making the Flushing Meadows site a reality. Until then, we thank the fans and artists who supported the event for the last 3 years of fantastic performances.”
Though the first few years of the event were considered a success by some, it hasn’t been without its fair share of hiccups. In 2017, Panorama producers were forced to close down one of the event’s side tents after a non-threatening stage collapse took place on day one. Last year’s event also came with a few sudden changes, as scheduled headliner Cardi B was forced to step down due to pregnancy, only to be replaced by rapper Lil Wayne, who never showed up to perform due to travel issues on his way to the festival. The first day of last year’s event was also cut short when fans had to evacuate Randall’s Island due to severe weather.