Festivals will say that radius clauses are necessary for their business. One of the most famous is Lollapalooza, which reportedly says that artists can’t play within 300 miles of Chicago six months before the festival and three months after. Now Coachella is being sued for their own radius clause, which is now public record. According to a lawsuit, via Billboard, Coachella prevents artists from performing anywhere within a five state radius around Indio for five months from December until May.
According to an alleged copy of the radius clause in the lawsuit, via Billboard, “artists playing this year's festival are restricted from playing any festival or themed event in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington or Arizona from December 15, 2017, until May 7, 2018.”
The lawsuit comes from Oregon’s Soul’d Out Music Festival, which tried to book SZA and Daniel Caesar, but were told by the artists’ lawyers that they couldn’t because of the radius clause. They requested a waiver from Goldenvoice and were turned down. Soul'd Out takes place from April 18-22.
As a result, festival founders Nicholas Harris and Haytham Abdulhadi decided to sued AEG Presents and Goldenvoice, arguing their radius clause violates California anti-trust and unfair competition laws. They contend it creates "an illegal monopoly in the market for live music festival performances."
The lawsuit also accuses AEG of allowing artists to break the clause by playing AEG events, but tying them to it when doing competing events.
Goldenvoice issued a statement a statement to Celebrity Access via Hypebot.
“Radius clauses are common in the concert business where promoters take great risk and spend huge sums to produce marquee festivals, tours and other shows. With over 100,000 fans attending each of its two weekends, Coachella is a premier festival destination attracting visitors from across the region and around the world. The producers of Coachella will vigorously defend against this lawsuit, which calls into question a long-standing industry practice that is crucial to our ability to continue offering fans the unrivaled experience for which Coachella has become known. “