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Oregon Festival Sues Coachella Over Five-State Radius Clause, Alleged Anti-Competitive Behavior

April 10, 2018


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. 

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