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If you were hoping for a little Ye in your life at Coachella, it looks like you may be out of luck.
Kanye West has reportedly pulled out of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, according to multiple reports.
This morning, TMZ said negotiations fell through due to disagreements over the stage. “Kanye made it clear he wouldn’t perform on a traditional 60×40 foot stage because it was ‘artistically limiting,'” TMZ reported. “Goldenvoice, which produces the festival, would not allow the stage to be altered or removed for Ye’s performance.”
Consequence of Sound, a music blog, reported that it also independently confirmed Kanye’s cancellation.
“When Coachella organizers Goldenvoice said they were unwilling to accommodate Kanye’s request, the two sides mutually agreed to part ways,” Consequence of Sound founder and publisher Alex Young wrote.
The West rumors seemed plausible earlier this year, after a Kardashian family trust bought a seven-bedroom property in nearby La Quinta on Aug. 8. The Desert Sunreported the Madison Club mansion was bought by The Lou Ethel Wyatt Family Trust, which has documented ties to family matriarch Kris Jenner. While it was not confirmed which members of the Kardashian clan were the new owners, some thought it could serve as a home base for West as a festival headliner.
West is a Goldenvoice favorite. He performed an acclaimed headlining set at the 2011 Coachella and then, when Frank Ocean cancelled at the Goldenvoice-produced FYF Festival in Los Angeles in 2015, West stepped in and gave another standout performance.
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Consequence of Sound previously reported that Justin Timberlake, another rumored headliner, would not appear at the 2019 festival, scheduled for April 12-14 and 19-21 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. After postponing his remaining 2018 tour dates in early December, the pop star’s rescheduled shows would “conflict with Coachella’s radius clause,” according to Consequence of Sound.
Rumors remain that Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, and Rihanna may headline this year’s Coachella.
Kristin Scharkey is the editor of DESERT magazine and community content editor at The Desert Sun. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kscharkey.
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