The Field Day Music Festival is back on in a new location and in an abbreviated form.
The event, which was moved from Calverton, New York, to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, because organizers were unable to secure the necessary permit for the former location, will now take place on Saturday.
The mainstage artists will be the Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Blur, Beck and Underworld. Second-stage acts include Spiritualized, Elliott Smith, Liz Phair, Bright Eyes, Gemma Hayes and the 22-20s, according to the festival's updated Web site. Formerly scheduled acts that now may not appear include N.E.R.D., the Roots, Sigur Rós, Thievery Corporation, Thursday, the Raveonettes, Dashboard Confessional, the Streets, Interpol and Beth Orton.
Tickets for the new show, which cost $80, went on sale via Ticketmaster on Wednesday (June 4). Tickets for the original show will not be valid at the new location. A note being sent to people who bought tickets to the Calverton show said refunds would automatically be credited to their credit cards.
The Field Day Music Festival ran into a snag last week when the police chief of Riverhead, New York, said that his force wasn't large enough to provide traffic enforcement for the 50,000 people that were expected for the event (see "Field Day Organizers Have Only Three Days To Find New Venue").
Although the town expected help from the Suffolk County police, they refused to assist, as did the state police, and so the county health commissioner denied the permit for the event. The county then told the promoter that he would need to hire an additional 200 officers for the event to continue, but the promoter was unable to do so, and on Tuesday night the Riverhead Town Board put an end to the proposal.