Insomniac’s plans to host EDC New York at the famed grounds of the ’94 Woodstock festival were thwarted by local government last week when supervisor Kelly Myers announced that the event simply will not happen due to insufficient resources.
During a town hall meeting in Saugerties, NY on Wednesday, Myers said that the would-be 75,000-person event at Winston Farm is beyond the scope of what local institutions can handle, noting that fire and ambulances “did not feel they could safely provide services during that type of event.”
Local outlet The Daily Freeman has the story, in which it is noted that the owners of the farm are also not 100 percent behind the idea.
“The Electric Daisy concert does not look like it’s going to happen,” Myers said. “There were some concerns about how to safely manage that and the Schaller family has had some concerns as well.”
Update: Insomniac’s chief rep Jennifer Forkish released this statement Nov. 15 addressing the situation:
“The proposal was denied by the Schaller family, the owners of Winston Farms, who did not feel comfortable hosting a dance music festival on their site. Local officials often have questions over any type of mass gathering and this was no different. However, the proposal was nixed due to a lack of venue, not due to health and safety concerns.”
Councilman Fred Costello noted that there are frequently hitches in plans made at the farm, as owners and the community strive to find appropriate fits for their space in terms of the events they partner with.
Apparently, Winston Farm has already approved camping and music, much like the proposed four-to-seven-stage EDC NY would be, by other events like an Oktoberfest celebration and something involving yoga… but we’re totally sure it’s not personal.