Since 1999 Goldenvoice has been hosting the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. With a guest list boasting around 250,000 music lovers for the past two years, news has arisen from Goldenvoice President Paul Tollett threatening to move his business elsewhere, saying that next year will potentially be the last in Indio. Alright Mayans, you guys were funny at first, but this is ridiculous; why move such a highly rated, successful event so suddenly and eastward?
Apparently DesertSun, the news source for Palm Springs, got a hold of some texts between Goldenvoice’s VP Skip Paige and an Indio Official regarding moving out of the city, for good.
“PAIGE: Fyi, you know were moving right? All this is a game. Why in the world would we stay where we are not wanted. LQ doesn’t want us, Indio wants to take all our profits. Its a joke. You have no idea the battles we have had to fight and how much money we have lost on that show. You have no idea what its like to risk everything you own on your business. We all lost our homes, most of us lost our marriages all over Coachella. Now you think you can just come and take our profit. Its not going to happen.” For more dialogue, go HERE
Tax initiatives proposed by the City Council to make up for furloughs and cuts in municipal departments will put an extra cost anywhere from $4 million to $6 million on the music festival. With already high prices, it seemed absurd to even consider adding some more bills onto festival goer tickets. Polo Club and Goldenvoice both agree they would prefer building a new venue elsewhere opposed to dealing with this tax proposal.
Obviously Coachella and Stagecoach generate millions of dollars for the city just on ticket fees and transient tax, and another $9 million just for food and beverages sold during Coachella. An angry Tollett says,”Forget legal, is that even fair? To go and pick one thing and say the shows that are happening at Empire are going to solve the problem because (Indio) fired police chiefs, mayor and city managers and are paying them forever.”
Maybe the heat is finally getting too hot over in Southern California. Either way, Goldenvoice suggests this might impede on the continuation of Coachella in 2014, and make people wait until 2015 for another festival.
What do you guys think? Another few bucks on the ticket stub to keep it at Indio, or send it away?
(Original story here: MyDesert)