Coachella Pulled Out Kanye West As Headliner After Rapper Demanded To Have A Dome Built For Him

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Kanye West didn’t make it to this year’s lineup for the Coachella Valley Music Festival, but he was initially slated to be one of the headlining acts. In an exclusive report by Billboard, Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett was ready to announce the “Famous” singer as one of the headliners for the festival until the latter pulled a last minute surprise on the concert promoter.

It was revealed that West had one particular demand from the organizers: instead of performing at the main Coachella stage, he asked Tollett to construct a custom-built dome in the middle of the festival grounds for his performance. The giant dome would be designed by John McGuire, a renowned set designer and frequent West collaborator.

The proposed dome would be large enough to accommodate a huge chunk of the estimated 125,000 festival goers. West would then perform with a high-tech setup, with the same flying stage he used for his 2016 “Life of Pablo” Tour and the floating glass box he used when he performed with Kid Cudi at this year’s Camp Flog Naw in Los Angeles.

When senior executives from Goldenvoice, the parent company that handles Coachella, explained that it would be impossible to build the dome within four months, and rearrange the entire festival setup and remove a large portion of the portable bathrooms, West greeted it with disfavor. In his defense, he was an artist with a creative vision and that he shouldn’t be wasting time talking about portable bathrooms.

Tollett and his team immediately communicated with Scooter Braun to have Ariana Grande replace West. Less than 24 hours after West was removed from the lineup, Grande was announced as one of the headliners for the 2019 Coachella Music Festival.

Coachella will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The event will be held over back-to-back weekends on April 12-14 and April 19-21.

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