Panorama Music Festival Is A No Go In 2019

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January 22, 2019

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If you're hoping to get a summer music festival fix inside the confines of NYC this year, looks like Governors Ball is gonna be your best bet. Panorama has announced it will not return in 2019.  

Whether or not this stands as a temproary hiatus or a permanent ride into the sunset remains to be seen however, as parent company and promoter AEG have released an expaneded explanation in wake of the announcement, explaining they felt they'd simply "achieved all we can at [Randall's Island]".

Of course Randall's was never the intended home for the fest, as the press release also points out, expressing hopes that the NYC parks commission might continue to re-evaluate the promoter's bid to find a permanent home for Panorama at Flushing Meadows, where AEG hosted Paul Simon's final goodbye shows this past summer, and the company "originally envisioned" the fest.

Despite bringing 3 years worth of A-list level talent to the city from the likes of Arcade Fire, to Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, Nine Inch Nails, LCD Soundsystem and more, the fest arrived with a figurative black cloud over it's head, as Governors Ball promoters, Founders Entertainment initially described Panorama via open letter as "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".

Then of course there was the literal black cloud that arrived for Panorama's 2018 incarnation, which saw the fest's somehwat dismal turnout cut off at the knees after lightning storms forced Friday's cancellation and full refunds to concert goers who purchased passes for the day.

Regardless, the future remains open, with AEG adding in closing, "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.”