Field Day, an outdoor music festival that was to have taken place on the north fork of Long Island this weekend, is now tentatively slated to go off at Giants Stadium, thanks to a series of planning snafus and tenacious resistance from the locals at the original venue.
The ill-fated fest, which has been consolidated down from two days into one mega-concert this Saturday, will still feature the Beastie Boys, Radiohead and Beck as headliners, but the remainder of the bill has not yet been reconfirmed.
Fans who had already bought tickets to the original show (which was to be held in Calverton, N.Y.) can get refunds for the purchase price from Ticketmaster, but their tickets will not be honored at the new venue. New tickets were to go on sale on Wednesday afternoon.
Last week, Field Day promoter Andrew Dreskin — erstwhile founder and head of Ticketweb.com — got the thumbs-down from Suffolk County authorities for the show. At the same time, environmental groups sued (unsuccessfully) to stop the gig.
Then late Tuesday, the New York State Police said they could not provide crowd control and traffic direction for the show, prompting organizers to start working out a contingency plan.
Field Day organizers had modeled the festival after legendary U.K. gatherings like Glastonbury and Reading, and more recently California’s Coachella fest, which drew tens of thousands of fans to the Empire polo grounds east of Palm Springs in April.