The federal lawsuit takes aim at mandates in event promoter Goldenvoice's artist contracts.
An Oregon music festival is suing Coachella, which begins Friday, as well as organizers AEG Presents and Goldenvoice, arguing the festival's radius clauses restricting where artists can play before and after the California festival violates anti-trust and unfair competition laws and creates "an illegal monopoly in the market for live music festival performances."
Lawyers for Soul’d Out Music Festival founders Nicholas Harris and Haytham Abdulhadi say they had approached TDE artist SZA to play this year's event but were turned down because of the radius clause, barring her from playing other West Coast states. When Harris and Abdulhadi reached out to Goldenvoice for a waiver, the concert promoter refused.
Same goes for artist Daniel Caesar, who allegedly declined to perform at the Soul’d Out Music Festival because of the Coachella radius clause. According to a suit filed in U.S. District Court, Coachella officials stand accused of requiring acts to sign a radius clause that bars artists from playing within a five-state radius of Indio, California, during a five-month period from December until May, a month after the event, which takes place this year April 13-15 and 20-22 and features headliners The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem. Billboard reached out to Goldenvoice and was told Coachella organizers had no comment.