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Posted on 18 February 2011

This week, word came that concert organizers Bill Collage and Chris Jones have requested a new mass gathering permit that would change the venue of their MTK: Music To Know Music Festival from Amagansett to the East Hampton Airport.

This comes in response to the concerns of a number of Amagansett residents who, for a variety of reasons, are uneasy about the idea of the two day concert taking place at the Ocean View Farm in Amagansett as Collage and Jones have planned.

While we don’t yet know how the East Hampton Town Board will rule on this new permit request, we applaud Collage and Jones for being proactive about the criticism. Despite the fact they have already secured the needed permit for the Amagansett location, they are willing to move the venue. It’s a good faith move that we feel shows the East End community the organizers are sensitive to the issues that have arisen regarding the concert and serious about addressing them.

Now that it has been proposed, we’d also like to say that we think East Hampton Airport is a great choice for a concert venue. Cars coming from our west for the show could avoid having to navigate both East Hampton Village and the center of Amagansett (never easy on a summer weekend) to get to the concert. The airport is also more centrally located on the South Fork, near Sag Harbor and between Southampton and East Hampton, and it offers a good choice of access roads to accommodate concert goers and emergency personnel from a couple different directions. Because it’s an airport, the location itself is wide open with room for parking, ringed by woods and is still a good distance from many homes.

We’re also intrigued by Jones and Collage’s vision of creating a year round entertainment economy on the East End and with the airport being so near LTV, Wainscott Studios and East Hampton Studios, it seems like this could be the place where it was meant to be all along.

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