Kanye West Cancels Coachella Headline Gig Due to Disagreement
by Kristine Sage
3 months ago
When it comes to artists being adamant about what they want, it is arguable that nobody does it better than Kanye West. The rapper-slash-producer was set to headline the notorious music festival held in Indio, CA. The lineup announcement was scheduled to be released Wednesday.
However, it isn’t falling through due to negotiations between the artist and festival organizers. Kanye West wasn’t happy with the stage setup.
According to TMZ, Kanye did not want to perform on the festival’s traditional 40×60 foot stage because it was “artistically limiting.” A source close to Kanye told TMZ, “These 40×60 stages are so archaic. It’s the same type of stage on which Shakespeare’s works were performed hundreds of years ago.”
Coachella’s organizers Goldenvoice and Kanye West mutually agreed to part ways when Goldenvoice could not fulfill Kanye’s request.
On Kanye’s most recent “Saint Pablo Tour”, he performed on a floating platform that moved freely above the audience. Last month, while making their live debut as Kids See Ghosts at Camp Flog Gnaw, Kanye and Kid Cudi performed inside a rectangular glass box that floated above the stage. And here’s the thing: Camp Flog Gnaw was produced by Goldenvoice.
According to TMZ, Kanye is “done with performing at festivals.” Coachella is now looking for an alternative headliner, and as previously reported, Justin Timberlake previously scrapped plans to appear in 2019. There’s hope for another act that remains unconfirmed: Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino.