January 1, just two days before Coachella founder Paul Tollett was to announce Kanye West as one of the stars leaning on the desert festival, West a last minute surprise at the concert promoter. Instead of performing on the main Coachella scene, West Tollett asked to build a giant, custom-built dome in the middle of the festival. The dome would be designed by West Collaborator and Set Designer John McGuire .
When senior executives from Coachella parent Goldenvoice explained that the dome would be impossible to rebuild in four months and would require AEG concerts to reorganize the entire festival site and remove a large portion of portable bathrooms, the vest became annoyed and explained that He was an artist with a creative vision who would not spend his time talking about port-a-potties. 1
Tollett and his team at Goldenvoice were in talks with SB Project's founder Scooter Braun to get his client Ariana Grande to replace the vest on the line up. Braun had completed his professional relationship with the West in early December, Billboard has learned, marks the second split in 2018 between mega boss and rapper. L than 24 hours after West pulled out, Grande was confirmed for the last night. Australian rock band Tame Impala was elevated to the lead spot in December to replace Justin Timberlake, who released the lineup after their rescheduled tour dates due to injured vocal bands that contravened Coachella's radius clause.
The two late cancellations underscore the cool character of finishing a headliner for one of the world's largest festivals, with top-notch artists who can draw between $ 2 to $ 5 million per performance and festival promoters increasingly reluctant to claim artist demands. The two-weekend festival, April 12-14 and April 19-21, celebrates its 20th season this year and has enough brand name to push back against the demands of stars like the West and still sells hundreds of millions of worth-worth tickets without three marquees. This year's festival once again sold its first edition of tickets in one day (sold in six hours 2019, against three hours last year) with a lot of buzz for the deep lineup, which includes 2018 breakouts like Bad Bunny, Pusha T and all-girl K-Pop phenoms BlackPink.
West's participation in the festival has been in the work for several years, and when the January 3 series announced, his representatives had printed on Goldenvoice to build the dome for the west, away from the main stage and large enough to accommodate a large part of the 125,000 fans flocking to the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California every April. The vest would play in the middle of the dome in a circular format, and the dome would be tricked out with high-tech production and immersive video, topping the flying scene he took off in 2016 and the floating glass lock he shared with Kid Cudi at this year's Camp Flog Naw in LA
West complained that the main phase of Coachella was not big enough for his performance, but officials from Guldvoice told headliners like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga had managed to play amazing performances with hundreds of dancers and musicians on the main stage. They also pointed out that it is one of the largest stages in North America.
Shortly after the January 1 call ended, Goldenvoice decided to end talks with the West, which did not have a signed contract for the main line slot and had not collected any payment from Goldenvoice. Coachella was not the only festival where Kanye had contradictions with the concert promoter: Billboard has learned that the West was close to landing a headliner castle at Governors Ball in New York, just because promoters turned down their last minute coupon request and subways one day before the announcement was made.
Billboard handed out to representatives of Kanye for this story, who refused to comment.