The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has filed a federal lawsuit against a Los Angeles marketing firm that is accused of scalping wristbands, including artist passes that allow backstage access.
According to The Desert Sun, the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, represents the first time that Coachella has gone to federal court to stop a scalper. The suit accuses Particle LLC and its owner, Denise Kozlowski, of buying and re-selling festival wristbands, which are non-transferable.
The allegation is based on an email sent out by Kozlowski advertising short-term rentals in La Quinta for both Coachella weekends. In the email she states, "I also have VIP, Guest and Artist passes for sale. Please inquire for more details."
Coachella's lawsuit states that, "money damages cannot fully repair the damage that will be done to (Coachella's) reputation and goodwill if it must turn away would-be festival attendees because they have unwittingly purchased void passes from defendants."
With Coachella starting tomorrow, we urge attendees that bought tickets through 3rd party vendors to register their wristbands so they can be sure to have no problems getting into the festival. To be turned away after planning the whole weekend and getting down there would be tragic. Good luck to all, and enjoy the incredible weekend to come.