Coachella Bans Artists From Playing Half the Festivals Competing With Coachella

Coachella’s radius clause prohibits its lineup from playing any other North American festival from December to May, according to new lawsuit details. Andrew White

Coachella’s radius clause, which limits other places that artists on its lineup can play, is much more immense than we thought. Musicians performing at Coachella aren’t just barred from playing nearby festivals around the same timeframe – they’re not allowed to play any other festival in North America between December 15th and May 1st, according to new details surrounding a lawsuit filed against festival organizers.

In April, Oregon music festival Soul’d Out Productions sued Coachella alongside producers AEG Presents and Goldenvoice, claiming that its radius clause sets up an illegal monopoly. Soul’d Out had tried to book several acts for its Portland, Oregon show, including SZA and Daniel Caesar, but the musicians said they couldn’t accept because of the radius clause imposed upon them by Coachella – a festival that takes place in Indio, California more than 1,000 miles south – and Coachella denied the smaller festival’s requests for exception. “Such a clause has a substantial chilling…