“My partners and I were all born and raised in New York City,” said Wolowitz, also speaking for co-founders Tom Russell and Yoni Reisman, all 28 (known collectively as Founders Entertainment). “We noticed there wasn't a marquee major music festival for New York the way Lollapalooza is in Chicago or Outside Lands is in San Francisco. The music festivals here were either niche festivals like Electric Zoo, which focused on electronic music, or Rock the Bells, which focused on hip-hop. We feel like expanding to two days and expanding the scope of the talent programming really shows our intention to [be New York’s marquee festival]." And to explain the move from its titular island, he continued: "Randall's Island provides the proper infrastructure for us to do that.”
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To become a pop star, she didn’t join the toddler beauty pageant circuit or have her mom put home videos on YouTube. She went to college, habituated the New York downtown music and club scene, read all the critical texts on the subject, surveyed the industry’s employment scene, put together a five-year plan, networked incessantly, and went out and nailed the interviews. She became Britney Spears the way Britney Spears would have if she knew what it meant to be Britney Spears.
Is that enough?