Where Do We Go Now? Navigating The Crowded Field Of Music Festivals In 2018 And Beyond

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Coachella 2018Calling the state of the music festival market anything but saturated in 2018 would be either dishonest or disconnected. The optimistic would say the festival market is thriving and profitable enough to attract new entrepreneurs each year. The pessimist would call the festival scene a bloated, hyper-competitive wasteland. The truth is somewhere in between. More »

Coachella’s radius clause details leaks in ongoing legal battle

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Coachella's radius clause details leaks in ongoing legal battle

An ongoing legal battle with a Portland-based music event has forced Coachella organizers to reveal the radius clause they impose on artists playing the Southern California mega-festival.

The complaint in the plaintiff’s civil case against Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc. originally claimed the unfair radius clause extended to five Western states — California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. The complaint, filed by promoters behind the Soul’D Out Festival, was actually incorrect and has since been amended. Artists playing Coachella are not allowed to perform at any festival in North America for a 5-and-a-half month period, from Dec. 15 to May 1.

Coachella’s strict set of non-compete rules was released to Soul’d Out Festival’s lawyers in a series of emails (read it here) that has since gone public. Below is a list of provisions included in Coachella’s radius clause:

  • Artist playing Coachella are barred from performing any festival in North America from December 15 to May 1.
  • Artists are also barred from playing any hard ticket concerts in Southern California during that same time period.
  • Artists can’t “advertise, publicize or leak” performances at competing festivals in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington or Arizona or headliner concerts in SoCal that take place after May 1 until after May 7.
  • Artists can’t announce festival appearances for the other 45 states in North America until after the Coachella lineup is announced in January, with exceptions made for Austin’s South by Southwest,  Ultra Miami and the AEG-backed New Orleans Jazzfest.
  • Artists must also wait for the January announcement before publicizing tour stops in California, Arizona, Washington and Oregon, with an exception made for Las Vegas casinos, but not Las Vegas festivals.

In response, AEG’s lawyers issued a statement saying they opposed the release of the radius clause letter, saying it was given to lawyers for Soul’d Out Music Festival founders, Nicholas Harris and Haytham Abdulhadi, as part of a confidential effort to negotiate a settlement.

“Rather than confer with AEG about the propriety of including this information in an amended complaint, or whether the text of the radius clause is confidential,” the plantiffs “made the unilateral decision to include this information in a public filing as the basis for its claims against AEG. This is improper and reflects bad faith,” wrote AEG Presents attorney, Casey Nokes, in a lengthy filing to Chief U.S. District of Oregon Judge, Michael W. Mosman.

Lawyers representing AEG are now asking the judge in the lawsuit to dismiss the case on the grounds that the plaintiffs, Harris and Abdulhadi, lack antitrust standing: Since Soul’d Out Festival isn’t party to the radius clause agreements, they cannot challenge AEG/Anschutz/Goldenvoice/Coachella’s enforceability.

The case is still ongoing and expected to go to trail as the dispute is now past the settlement phase.

H/T: Amplify.

Coachella’s Radius Clause Details Exposed In Legal Fight With Oregon Festival

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We now know more details about the radius clause Coachella organizers impose on artists playing the massive Southern California festival, thanks to an ongoing legal fight with an Oregon festival organizer. More »

Coachella announces 2019 festival dates, advance sale information

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Coachella is slated to celebrate its 20-year anniversary in 2019 and has unveiled the dates for the event two decades in the making. The festival’s first weekend is set to take place once again at the Empire Polo Club in Indio California from April 12 through April 14, with weekend two taking place April 19 through 21.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 1 at 2 p.m. ET, which is the only time to take advantage of the Coachella payment plan. For GA passes this means just seven monthly payments of $61.28 for the first three months and $61.29 for the final four months.

Three-day VIP, car/tent camping, shuttle passes, hotel packages, and more will also be available for purchase during the advance sale.

More information can be found here.

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Looking back on Coachella: A festival that eloquently mirrors our post-EDM world

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It’s not hard to find electronic music at Coachella. In fact, one could argue it’s the new star of the show. 

A newly-minted superstar Skrillex played his first set at the festival in 2011, joining other rising legends like Steve Angello and Afrojack in welcoming an imminent paradigm shift for the future of dance music around the world. In the process, they helped usher in what would soon be remembered as the halcyon days of what we know now as “EDM.” What followed was an explosion of the sound in the music world at large, and similarly, within the festival’s subsequent lineups.

By 2016, EDM’s influence could be heard on the radio and in commercials. No longer a fringe sound, this contemporary and widely popular form of electronica had permeated into pop and beyond, thanks to artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and The Chainsmokers. Coachella attendees can even expect to catch top-tier electronic acts while venturing to other stages as well, like the Do LaB and Sahara tent.

This is the nature of the Goldenvoice behemoth, and what has made the annual celebration in the Indio Valley so incredibly unique. Coachella’s boasted the best and most severely innovative talents of the dance music spectrum since its very first iteration in 1999, all the way into helping commercialize its exploding contemporary form in the late 2000’s. The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, and Moby kicked off the first year, after all.

What’s more is that Coachella’s begun to evolve beyond the capacity of a music festival, and into a cultural touchstone of its own entirely. It’s also come to serve as a directional compass for music’s changing tides, by continuously mirroring and championing the effervescent trends of the times. Despite its shifting nature, electronic dance music at Coachella has withstood the test of time, and the festival is now looking into the future.

The Sahara Tent, in particular, has grown to become a golden standard of electronic music curation. As Goldenvoice’s own answer to EDC and Ultra, the Sahara has morphed into one of Coachella’s top-ranking destinations. 2018’s significant physical expansion was the most outright testament to this phenomenon. Furthermore, the tent’s billing this year of what others are now labeling “post-EDM” — or, the influx of new and forward-thinking strains of electronica filling the vacuum that big room/pop-centered EDM is slowly leaving behind — once more demonstrates just how deeply tapped talent bookers are into the mass musical vein. 

This past year, the Sahara Tent was the proverbial “beacon of hope” for EDM’s burst bubble, and post-EDM provided the light. Though the rising stars under this new umbrella genre are amidst the fine print of the festival — see Petit Biscuit, Ekali, San Holo, Whethan, and more — Coachella has advertently mirrored the state of streaming and post-EDM in its larger bookings, too. Kygo,  ODESZA, and Barclay Crenshaw are three glaring examples. Sahara has certainly grown past its days as a wee tent, evolving into a veritable embodiment of post-EDM’s rise to prominence.  

Depeche Mode headlined the Sahara tent back in 2006. That same year, Daft Punk unveiled their legendary pyramid stage production. Fast-forward to 2018, where Alison Wonderland took the crown atop her bona fide production pyramid as the highest billed female DJ to ever play the festival. She expertly played the cello, sang, and danced live on stage, all while showcasing her most deeply personal art to date before a closing set from one of the most-buzzed-about producers of the last few years — REZZ. The venerable women signified the new dawn of EDM — one that’s embracing producers, classical training, emotion, and pushing the musical envelope.

Goldenvoice is incredibly intuitive indeed, and Coachella’s lineup is well-calculated. 2018’s roster as a whole was a reflection of the streaming and radio-centric era’s beckoning, and the Sahara stage is one of the festival’s largest reflections of forces that will soon take the music world by storm. 

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Rhonda Queen of the Desert and Framework present the pinnacle of Coachella after hours – photography by Randon Vannucchi

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Do LaB acts as a lush oasis, rife with surprises, amidst Coachella’s Indio playground once again – photography by WatcharaPhoto

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Coachella Attendees Take Down Alleged Pickpocketing Phone Thief

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While music festivals are supposed to be a good way to get away from life, festival attendees have reported a staggering number of pickpocketing in recent years. Last year, one New York resident was caught stealing more than 100 cell phones during the festival. During weekend two of Coachella, a man was reported stealing phones

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Alison Wonderland Shares Tribute To Avicii During Her Coachella Set

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With Alison Wonderland taking the stage at weekend two of Coachella, no one quite knew what she’d do to honor the late DJ and producer Avicii. The Australian DJ performed on Friday just hours after news of Avicii’s passing broke. Vides seen below show Alison Wonderland standing on top of a table in front of

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Cardi B’s Coachella Weekend 2: J Balvin, Bad Bunny, SZA, & A Belly Rub From Jay-Z

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Last week, Cardi B, in the midst of a triumphant media tour behind the release of her excellent debut album Invasion Of Privacy, played a Coachella set that was heavy on guests, including Chance The Rapper, YG, 21 Savage, Kehlani, and G-Eazy. Last night, Cardi played the second Coachella weekend, and she did … More »