Coachella May Be Coming To Queens

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The Unisphere might serve as a backdrop for a Coachella-style music festival.

By Yvette Brown

One of the most popular music festivals in America may be coming to Queens.

One of the nation’s biggest concert promoters is talking about bringing Coachella to Flushing Meadows Corona Park next June, reported The Daily News. AEG Live, the entertainment company behind Coachella, explained that they are specifically thinking about rocking out under the Unisphere.

This would be one of the biggest events in Queens since the 1964-65 World’s Fair and there’s a possibility that it could draw fans and acts away from another popular festival known as Governors Ball on Randalls Island.

Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) has had preliminary conversations with AEG about bringing a festival to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

“As with any major project in her district, she will work in the best interest of the community and the long-term future of the park,” said Lillian Zepeda, director of communications at Ferreras-Copeland’s office.

A source confirms that there have been talks with AEG, but Parks Department rules say that no final proposals may be submitted until November.

AEG is talking about scheduling the event for two weeks after the Governors Ball and possibly draining headlines from the city’s only major three-day music festival.

“Borough President [Melinda] Katz has expressed her significant concerns to the administration about the type of precedent it would set to rent public parkland for paid-admission events, especially when it has never been done before in Queens,” said Sharon Lee, the communications director for Katz. “In lieu of official policy on the matter, Borough President Katz is in ongoing discussions with the administration to develop a policy that includes public input and that makes sense for Queens and for the City.”

Coachella wouldn’t be AEG’s first foray in the East Coast, they also conducted the All Points West which was held in Liberty State Park in Jersey City in 2008 and 2009.

Last week Katz’s office told the press that, “Queens is increasingly becoming a premier destination for entertainment, culture and tourism. While we encourage public events of any scale that enhance our borough, this proposal appears to raise significant concerns, especially the precedent it would potentially set. If the application is granted, this would be the first time ever for Queens to lend its treasured public parkland to a for-profit company for a charged-admission event. We welcome the opportunity to learn more about the proposal.”

Community Board 4 has not yet discussed or voted on this festival coming to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Headliners that have been a part of Coachella include Kanye West, the Black Keys, Drake, Lana Del Ray and AC/DC.

Reach Yvette Brown at (718)357-7400 ext.128, ybrown@queenstribune.com or @eveywrites.

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