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Amagansett Thinks 9,600 Rock Fans Will Be Awful House Guests

Come mid-August, "Sag Harbor motel owner Chris Jones and screenwriter Bill Collage" plan to organize and throw a two- to three-day music festival at the Ocean View Farm in Amagansett. (The farm's also on the market for about $20 million.) When petitioning for a mass gathering permit, the planners mentioned that the event could include around 20 acts, draw 9,600 visitors, and raise thousands of dollars for local charities. Sounds fun, especially since acts like Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel were mentioned. Problem is, an event like this can overwhelm a small town, and some residents are anything but willing to put up with it. They say the festival-goers will "go on a rampage through Amagansett," destroying the host farm and scaring off the area's "typically affluent summer visitors." During a board meeting, one citizen even said the proposed festival "reeks of a Woodstock acid flashback."
· Two-Day Music Festival Planned for Amagansett [27 East]
· Residents Concerned Music Festival Will Turn Amagansett into 'Coney Island or Long Beach' [East Hampton Patch]