Coachella Organizers Threatening to Take 2014 Off and Move the Festival Elsewhere
...are prepared to do so despite having signed a two-year agreement with Indio in 2011. According to the Desert Sun, a June 18 text message between Goldenvoice Vice President Skip Paige and Torres reveals that Goldenvoice has already been looking into purchasing property in surrounding areas, including the El Dorado Polo Club in neighboring La Quinta and 600 acres of land in Riverside County.
Tollett says the deals aren't finalized and won't confirm what the land's intended use would be. However, he does admit that the lack of a long-term agreement between the promoter and the city has forced Goldenvoice to take cautionary measures.
"We've spent money on options for new venues. I regret that, but I had to. There's too much uncertainty. In any other place, this festival would have had a long-term deal. We have it with the venues. With the city, it's been this year-to-year thing," he said.
This isn't the first time festival organizers have butted heads with cities surrounding the Empire Polo Field. In October, the city of La Quinta threatened to delay Coachella and the approval of Goldenvoice's two-year contract with Indio amidst noise and environmental concerns.
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