This year’s The Meadows Festival in Queens, New York has been pulled due to permit issues, organizers of the event announced this past weekend.
The festival, slated to take place this September, made the announcement in a statement on the festival’s website.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to take 2018 off and focus our efforts on returning in 2019,” the organizers said.
— The Meadows NYC (@themeadowsnyc) August 10, 2018
The Meadows kicked-off in 2016 by Founders Entertainment, the same group that oversees New York’s Governors Ball at Randall’s Island each year. The fest saw headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz, bringing the show to Flushing’s Citi Field for the past two years. However, the festival organizer’s goal was to move to Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park, which they described as “the location we always hoped to move to in year 3.”
“However, after review of our application by NYC Parks, we were not able to obtain a workable multi-day permit for a 2018 festival in the park,” organizers said. “Our sights are set on The Meadows in 2019, and we look forward to working together with all city partners and agencies.”
Although the festival was only a few weeks away, the announcement wasn’t a total surprise, since organizers had not released a lineup for the event yet. Fans took to Twitter, upset that the festival wasn’t happening this year, but concertgoers seemed even more upset about the move to Corona Park. Many claimed that Citi Field was not only well received, but a nicer venue since fests like Panorama and Governors Ball have an issue with mud.
Nonetheless, others are hopeful for next year’s edition of The Meadows, wondering how they could possibly top the 2017 memorable fest.