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sonickteam2

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Field Day Festival (again)
« on: May 27, 2003, 04:16:00 pm »
Here, this is straight off of the Field Day messageboard, could still be a rumour however...looks like Radiohead is just a big fat jinx, and we should probably just kill them before someone innocent gets hurt !
 
 Hello,
 
 My name is Katie Thomas, and I'm a reporter for Newsday. I am writing a story for tomorrow about how Suffolk County has denied the mass gathering permit for the Field Day Festival. This means that unless the promoters challenge the decision in court, or unless the county changes its mind (a move one official said was "unlikely"), the concert is off.
 I am looking for reaction from ticketholders. If you would be interested in being included in the story, please email me at katie.thomas@newsday.com. (Or simply reply to this post).
 
 Thanks,
 Katie

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2003, 04:18:00 pm »

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2003, 04:18:00 pm »
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lifielddaysuit0527,0,7953248.story?coll=ny%2Dhomepage%2Dright%2Darea
 
 Don't mess with the grasshopper sparrow...
 
  <img src="http://www.newsday.com/media/thumbnails/photo/2003-05/7782262.jpg" alt=" - " />

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2003, 04:21:00 pm »
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Originally posted by ggw:
  http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lifielddaysuit0527,0,7953248.story?coll=ny%2Dhomepage%2Dright%2Darea
 
 Don't mess with the grasshopper sparrow...
 
   <img src="http://www.newsday.com/media/thumbnails/photo/2003-05/7782262.jpg" alt=" - " />
I knew this concert was shady from Day One.  gut feelings hurt the most when they are right,

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2003, 04:40:00 pm »
You know......it's kind of funny that this festival "might" get cancelled and, coincidentally, Blur has already missed all the US dates they were supposed to play.

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2003, 04:55:00 pm »
Oh, shit! I wonder how that will affect the mini Spiritualized tour? It seemed that they were only coming over for the Festival and added a couple NE area dates in while on this side of the pond. Let's hope they make the best of it and keep their scheduled dates.
 
 Any insight Eddie, et al?

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2003, 05:27:00 pm »
These sort of things have a way of working themselves out, especially if the right people get their palms greased. I am going to wait and see how this works itself out this week. Obviously it would blow to not have it, and ruin what would have been a pretty good experience, but let's not throw in the towel quite yet.
 
 Though, one has to wonder how organized these guys are if this sort of permit was left till the last minute. They probably figured it was a slam dunk.

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2003, 05:28:00 pm »
and why am I not a member anymore? Did i get downgraded? This new board sucks!

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2003, 05:41:00 pm »
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  and why am I not a member anymore? Did i get downgraded? This new board sucks!
look again
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2003, 05:42:00 pm »
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  and why am I not a member anymore? Did i get downgraded? This new board sucks!
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i would have sworn it said member for a brief moment... as why it's happening ask evilsatan
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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2003, 08:33:00 pm »
The executive director of the festival posted to their site today.Apparently,they seem to think the problems can be worked out.

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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2003, 10:28:00 am »
A humorous piece on Pitchfork today related:
 
 Field Day Festival in Jeopardy of Being Cancelled
 But ticketholders agree: sparrow is $190 worth of cute
 
 Kevin Keenan reports:
 Put away that patchouli oil and shave those muhfuckin' pits, kiddos-- looks like the big party out on the island might not be happening after all. The Field Day Music Festival, originally scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, NY, and set to include the participation of Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Beck, Interpol, Blur, a bunch of other bands you might be mildly interested in, and, oh, the Beastie Boys, has run into some permit issues with Suffolk County.
 
 According to a report in New York Newsday, the county has denied the event organizers a permit to hold the two-day concert/mass bonfire due to a lack of police manpower. Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said his force wouldn't be able to handle the expected crowd of over 40,000 naked revelers, and that Suffolk County cops would be unable to assist, presumably because Woodstock '99 was waaaaay too much fucking work. And besides, they aren't sure they could reasonably be expected to endure Ben Lee's post-apocalyptic crooning.
 
 But the Field Day Fest's troubles don't end there. Beyond this simple denial of permitage, those surely tonedeaf, no-rhythm-havin' earthfuckers at the Long Island Pine Barrens Society are reported to have filed suit, asserting that the town of Riverhead (incidentally, that is the greatest town name ever) did not complete a thorough environmental review before green-lighting the concert. According to Newsday, environmentalists say that the rare grasshopper sparrow has already got the place booked that day-- the concert apparently coincides with the bird's nesting season, in which it lays its eggs in the field.
 
 Message boards were ablaze yesterday afternoon with such conciliatory commentary as, "What kind of jerk doesn't make sure that the grasshopper sparrow will not be annoyed prior to planning a concert? The Beastie Boys would have stopped the show immediately had they found out about the sparrows. They are turning their ethos from Tibet to birds that no one has heard of. They are on the cutting edge of super cool." The (ahem) "Boys" couldn't be reached for comment, but we trust that they feel bad about encroaching on the heretofore harmless winged creature's fertility cycle and may be prepared to post pro-sparrow MP3s on their website.
 
 Whoa, whoa, now, you antsy sons of guns-- don't put away your coolers and tents just yet. Event organizers, who've spent a considerable amount of time and money (uh, okay, just money) on building a really radical website (uh, okay, it's hideous), aren't ready to throw in the proverbial towel just yet. Andrew Dreskin, the staunchly anti-sparrow Executive Producer of the Field Day Music Festival, posted a statement on the website to say that the announcement of the festival's demise is premature, and that organizers are continuing to work with Riverhead authorities to resolve the issue and keep the event alive and on schedule.
 
 "Obviously we are disappointed by this decision," Dreskin typed, "but it appears to be based more on procedural issues than substantive problems. We believe we can resolve this issue quickly so that we can stage a festival that benefits the town, the county and a world wide audience that seeks to come to Calverton." Read: we've sic'd our team of high-paid attorneys on their asses, and in turn, they've hired some low-paid private investigators to snap Polaroids of the mayor in bed with a donkey... suffice to say, if you don't think this festival is going ahead as planned, you're already hitting the hookah.

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2003, 12:51:00 pm »
Thanks for posting that -- it's excellent!  I almost bought tickets for Field Day, but was dissuaded by the horror stories of getting that far out on Long Island on a summer weekend.  Now I'm so glad -- not only because of the cancellation, but god knows it will probably be raining.  I'd rather see those bands at places like the 9:30 club anyhow (and I've seen the Beasties a bunch....).

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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2003, 01:32:00 pm »
And for the New York Times take on the controversy, from today's paper:
 
 May 28, 2003
 L.I. Town Runs Into Trouble Courting Fame and Fortune
 By ELISSA GOOTMAN
 
 Ever since its economic linchpin, a Grumman aircraft plant, closed more than a decade ago, the town of Riverhead has been caught in a bind. It is too far from Manhattan to be a home to white-collar commuters. But for tourists who head to Long Island's East End for the summer, it is little more than a pit stop, albeit one with an outlet mall, on the way to the North Fork or the Hamptons.
 
 This year, the town council decided to do something about that. In the hope of raising Riverhead's profile, attracting tourists and stimulating the economy, town leaders approved two major concerts, each of which is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to town-owned land where the Grumman plant once stood. The town would be paid $150,000 for each concert and would work with the promoters to arrange security, traffic control and the like.
 
 Now the plans are running into snarls, less than two weeks before the first concert, a two-day festival called Field Day that is expected to draw more than 35,000 fans a day to hear performers like the Beastie Boys, Radiohead and Beck.
 
 Yesterday, seven environmental organizations sued to block the concerts, which they said threatened public health and safety as well as the well-being of the nearby Pine Barrens, which are environmentally protected by state law. Suffolk County health officials also denied the promoter's application for a mass-gathering permit yesterday, on the ground that the town had not found enough officers to control traffic. There is still a chance the denial can be reversed.
 
 Both the county and the state police have rejected the town's requests for their officers to work throughout the event to supplement the town's 74 uniformed members. The state and county officers would be paid by the promoters, but county officials said yesterday that the town's requests were too late.
 
 Mass-gathering permits can be issued as late as 48 hours before an event. Field Day is scheduled for June 7 and 8, but concertgoers would start arriving on June 6. Bruce R. Williamson, chief of the county health department's bureau of public health protection, said a traffic plan had to be done sooner than usual.
 
 "Here, the police situation has to be resolved in advance of that, so we avoid a situation where you have thousands of people showing up for an event they were unable to get the police for," Mr. Williamson said. "That would leave you with a large number of disgruntled people."
 
 Asked how likely it was that the concert would go on, Mr. Williamson said, "It's possible that it could be done." Still, he said, the effort "appears to be problematic right now."
 
 Andrew Dreskin, the executive producer of Field Day, said he believed there was still time to find enough traffic officers. Promoters and officials were exploring other options, he said, including hiring officers from other Long Island towns.
 
 "I have every reason to believe that the concert will go on," he said.
 
 The second concert, from Aug. 8 through Aug. 10, will feature Bob Dylan, the Dead and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
 
 The environmentalists' lawsuit is scheduled to be heard in State Supreme Court in Riverhead on Friday.
 
 Richard L. Amper Jr., executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, the lead plaintiff, said that although the large crowds might not threaten the site itself, they could harm the Pine Barrens and the nearby two-lane roads. "If you could parachute the concertgoers in and airlift them out on troop transports, maybe you could hold the concerts there," Mr. Amper said.
 
 The barrens, he said, "can't be a conduit for 70,000 rock fans," and Suffolk residents "don't want to see it trashed like Woodstock."
 
 One town councilwoman, Barbara A. Blass, said she was not certain she would have voted for the June concert had she known how difficult it would be. "It took me longer to plan for my wedding, and I was only expecting 150 people," she said.
 
 The town supervisor, Robert F. Kozakiewicz, agreed that more time might have been useful. His chief complaint, he said, concerns the naysayers who have dismissed a plan that he still believes will help Riverhead's economy and enhance its reputation.
 
 "What I'm regretting is that an effort to try and do something different, something that I think would have been very culturally diverse, something that brings exposure to the site, is being met with such stiff opposition," he said. "That's what I regret."

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Re: Field Day Festival (again)
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2003, 07:34:00 pm »
If this does in fact happen, I wouldn't be worried about anything in the slightest.  If this was HFS, with the carp bands they bring in and the slamming that occurs... I'd be worried.  Maybe Beastie Boys on day two... maybe that is why no one seems to being choosing that day.  Outside of a few substances... what can possibly go wrong?  Traffic?  Leaving Fedex on game days can't possibly be worse with no one guiding traffic.  Get there early and enjoy.  Just don't get punched or choose that day to have heart failure or anything.  The politicians are watching too many coors lite commercials.