A day after the town board tabled a vote on a key permit, Riverhead Town Supervisor Robert Kozakiewicz announced this morning that a two-day rock concert scheduled for this weekend in Calverton would not happen.
Christopher Kent, a lawyer for the for the Field Day Festival promoters, said they are now seeking a new location in the New York City metropolitan area for the concert, which they will announce by the end of the day. He said refunds will be given to ticket-holders who request them.
Stating that at a new venue the concert which was to feature headline acts such as the Beastie Boys, Radiohead, and Beck, would be a “different type of event,” Kent said that the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey was one site under consideration. He added that there will be no camping at the concert’s new location.
The Field Day concert was to occur at the former Grumman property, on 2,900 acres of town-owned land that has been targeted for economic development. The town had hoped the rock festival — and another scheduled for August — would put Riverhead on the map and lure future clients to the site.
Ashley Capps, one of the promoters of Bonnaroo NE, the August festival — slated to last three days and feature acts including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and The Dead — said he was keeping an eye on the Field Day developments but wasn’t concerned about the impact it would have on his own event. “We’ve been going through our own process in our own way, and we feel like we’ve been working very hard to dot the i’s and cross the t’s,” he said. “These are two very separate events.”