Earlier this fall, reports surfaced that production company AEG would aim to bring a new music festival to New York City next summer. Now Founders Entertainment, which produces New York festival Governor’s Ball, has launched a Change.org petition asking Mayor Bill DeBlasio to reject the plan, which would put AEG’s festival two weeks after Governor’s Ball. The Gov Ball team wrote a letter urging “Fans, Supporters, and Fellow Music Lovers” to rally behind their festival.
“The timing of this proposed event is 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,” they wrote. The festival was founded in 2011 and has featured headliners like Drake, Kanye West, and Kings of Leon.
When reports of AEG’s plans surfaced, Founders’ Tom Russell told the Daily News, “The timing of this corporate-run festival would threaten our ability as a small business to continue putting on the kind of event that has showcased the best artists, created hundreds of local jobs and put millions of dollars back into the city’s economy.”
AEG did not return EW’s request for comment.
Founders’ letter to fans is reprinted below: