Kanye West Pulled Out of Headlining Coachella Due to Absurd Dome Demand

Angelo Anderson
January 14, 2019

West planned to have set designer and frequent collaborator John McGuire design the makeshift arena; the rapper would have then performed on a stage located in the center. According to a new report form Billboard, the issue stemmed from Kanye's desire to perform inside a giant, custom-built dome situated in the middle of the festival grounds. He told the people from Goldenvoice - Coachella's parent company - that he was on vacation with his family and that it was the festival's responsibility to deal with the bathrooms before hanging up. "These 40x60 stages are so archaic", a source said.

On the very same day, Billboard reports Tollett and Goldenvoice got in touch with Scooter Braun and just like that, Ariana Grande replaced West. Braun had terminated his professional relationship with West in early December, Billboard has learned, marking the second split in 2018 between the mega-manager and the rapper. Less than 24 hours after West pulled out, Grande was confirmed for the final night. At one point, he hung up during a phone call with festival organizers.

The line-up for the two-weekend festival, which takes place on April 12-14, and April 19-21, also includes Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, and Bad Bunny.

Tollett also told Los Angeles Times about the production impasse, but he didn't go into details about the giant dome or the part-a-potties. Kanye thought the main stage, which is one of the largest stages in North America, wasn't big enough for his performance.


Executives from Coachella promoter Goldenvoice told West it was impossible.

Billboard reached out to representatives from Kanye for this story, who declined to comment.

According to Billboard, West said the stage - one of the largest in North America and which has hosted the likes of Beyonce's extravaganza previous year - was not big enough for him.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER