Coachella prevails in radius clause lawsuit
Coachella‘s legal battle with the Oregon promoters behind Soul’d Out Festival has come to an end. The skirmish between Soul’d Out, and Coachella parent company Goldenvoice, commenced in May of 2018 when one decided to sue the other. Right in time for the 2019 edition in April, however, a judge has thrown out the lawsuit.
The source of contention in this case was Coachella’s notoriously strict radius clause, which stipulates that artists performing the fest can’t perform in surrounding states (including Oregon) or counties from December until May—among other stringent items. Lawyers for the Goldenvoice event argued that they were merely protecting the one-of-a-kind experience they give to fans, while Soul’d out argued it hurt artists and surrounding events.
2018 and 2019 have seemed to be the year that megafestivals are put to the test. On the East Coast, Ultra Miami‘s move to the Virginia Key has been a topic of contention since the idea was incepted, with the most recent update involving a case against the City of Miami itself.
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