Coachella Organizers Looking to Start Music Festival in New York: Report

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Day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

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The organizers of Southern California’s wildly popular Coachella music festival were looking to put on a similar event in New York next year, the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, the city was in talks with AEG Live, the entertainment company behind the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was most recently held outside Palm Springs over two weekends last April.

AEG Live was trying to organize an East Coast music festival, to be held next June at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, the paper reported, citing sources and city officials.

It was tentatively called Panorama, and would reportedly be one of the biggest events held in the New York City borough since the 1964 World’s Fair.

Sources told the Daily News that AEG Live was planning to hold the event two weekends after the Governors Ball festival, the only major three-day music festival currently held in the city.

The company has also started recruiting acts for the 2016 event, the newspaper reported.

An AEG spokesman would not discuss the talks with the Daily News.

AEG Live previously organized another East Coast music festival, the now defunct All Points West festival that was held in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park in 2008 and 2009.

Coachella, which is perhaps the best-known music festival the entertainment company puts on, was attended by roughly 200,000 people this year, according to the Daily News. Performers included Drake, AC/DC and White Stripes frontman Jack White.

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