So far, the Field Day Festival has not lived up to its easygoing name. The two-day festival is scheduled for this weekend in Calverton, a leafy community on Long Island in New York, and its ambition is to create a sort of East Coast version of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which has become a Southern California concert tradition.
The Field Day lineup certainly stacks up (Radiohead, Beck and the Beastie Boys lead the 35-act bill), but will the show actually go on?
On Tuesday, Suffolk County officials threw a monkey wrench into the massive machinery of the first-time event when they denied a mass-gathering permit for the 2,900-acre site. The sticking point was security -- county leaders have worried that the local police department is too small to handle the expected crowd of 50,000. The county also declined to contract out its own law enforcement to the event.
Promoters have spent the last few days scrambling to import state police, but there are other problems: The promoters must secure a city permit on Tuesday, and a state environmental commission has scheduled a Thursday meeting to consider possible trampling on nearby protected land.