For any hardcore music fan, attending a music festival is high on their priority list with every passing year. It is also on most people’s bucket list, mine included. Though, there will be one music festival that will not be attended this year and one that will not be crossed off. It is New York’s Panorama Music Festival, which was canceled this week, according to Pitchfork.
The music festival was supposed to be held at Randal’s Island Parks this summer, the same venue where Panorama first saw it’s first breath back in 2016. Since its launch, the festival has seen performances by Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, LCD Soundsystem as well as many more. With the festival only been around for just a couple of years, the event has had a few setbacks with a string of bad luck. This past year, organizers of the festival had to cancel its opening day due to bad weather. The year before, a stage floor collapsed causing the festival to force sets.
Due to New York City Parks denying their permit application, the organizers are hopeful in their plans to move the festival somewhere else. Their plan? There is thought to move the event to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens (the place where promoters of the festival always envisioned in the first place.) Panorama Music Festival will hopefully be back in 2020 so all is not lost for fans of the festival.
Below is the full statement by AEG, the festival’s parent company, regarding the hiatus.
“Panorama will be taking a hiatus in 2019 while we continue discussions with NYC Parks to bring the festival to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, where it was originally envisioned.
We had a fantastic experience with Paul Simon this past September at Flushing Meadows and look forward to returning in the future.
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.
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.”