The founder of Coachella talked with the LA Times about a variety of topics, including the controversial “radius clause:”
The radius clause is part of all business to some extent. You can’t put a car dealer every block; a car dealer has a region. These artists generally come back later that year. Sometimes two more times that year. So it’s just a moment of time that there’s a radius clause on that. Ours is more for that first part of the year right before Coachella.
Human beings trying to make a living playing shows, car dealerships, same thing.
David Brooks, writing at Billboard:
When senior executives from Coachella parent Goldenvoice explained that the dome would be impossible to build in four months and would require the AEG-owned concert promoter to rearrange the entire festival site and remove a large section of portable bathrooms, West became irritated, declaring that he was an artist with a creative vision who shouldn’t be spending his time talking about port-a-potties.
Coachella is enacting a new initiative to fight assault and sexual harassment:
This year, Coachella announced its most thorough efforts yet to prevent and combat sexual harassment and assault. The program, which the Goldenvoice-produced festival is calling “Every One,” is a new endeavor comprised of fan resources and policies designed to not only prevent sexual misconduct but to improve how the festival deals with it.
Organizations and activists have long called for such policies and pressured events to work harder to fix these problems. Increasingly, those that stay silent are not only risking fan backlash but in danger of being out of step with today’s cultural climate.
AEG chairman, Philip Anschutz, who oversees Goldenvoice, is still out there pushing for the exact opposite with his political donations, however.
Vera Papisova, writing for Teen Vogue:
Despite all of that, this year’s Coachella experience was also full of moments I never saw on Instagram: being repeatedly violated by strangers. In the three days I was at Coachella, I only spent a total of 10 hours at the actual festival, where I watched numerous performances and interviewed festivalgoers about their experience with sexual assault and harassment for Teen Vogue. During the 10 hours I was reporting on this story, I was groped 22 times.
The set times for Coachella 2018 have been announced.
Marijuana will not be allowed at Coachella:
Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products aren’t allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond. If that changes we will update this answer.
The Coachella iPhone Bandit, who stole allegedly stole over 100 smartphones, was foiled by the Find My iPhone feature:
“A bunch people activated their ‘find my phone’ and pointed at, ‘Hey, it’s that guy, my phone, my dot, it’s moving with that guy,'” said Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall.
Alex Galbraith, writing for Uproxx, details how Coachella’s parent company, AEG, is helmed by the extreme right-winger Philip Anschutz:
“Phil Anschutz’s extensive influence in Colorado politics has been known for years, but the degree of his support for anti-LGBTQ groups that fund extremist hate groups like Gordon Kligenschmitt’s ‘Pray in Jesus Name’ is shocking,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii in a press release. “At a time in American history when discrimination and violence against LGBTQ citizens is on the rise, support for pro-discrimination groups puts Anschutz on the wrong side of Colorado, and on the wrong side of history.”
Just something to think about before spending your money.
Next year’s Coachella will be April 14th – 16th and April 21st – 23rd at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. Advanced tickets will go on sale this Wednesday.
Our Coachella thread has been a great place to talk about, and catch up on, everything going on at this weekend’s festival. Don’t forget that they’re live streaming this weekend on YouTube: Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3. A better look at the schedule is up on their website. The two I’m looking forward to most today are The 1975 at around 6:30 pm (PST) and Rancid at around 4:40 pm.