The Coachella music festival is being sued for allegedly creating “an illegal monopoly in the market for live music festival performances.”
Goldenvoice, the owners of the famous festival, are being sued by the promoters behind Oregon’s Soul’d Out Music Festival.
According to the lawsuit, a “radius clause” signed by Coachella acts prohibits them from performing within a 1,300-mile radius of the festival grounds between the months of December and May.
Soul’d Out founders Nicholas Harris and Haytham Abdulhadi reached out to SZA for a performance but were turned down because of the radius clause, according to Billboard. Goldenvoice promoters allegedly refused to waive the clause.
Canadian rising star Daniel Caesar allegedly refused to perform at the Oregon festival for the same reason.
Soul’d Out’s lawyers accused Goldenvoice of engaging in “an unlawful restraint on trade, meant to use Coachella’s market power in the music festival market to suppress competition by other festivals.”