Kanye West backed out of Coachella after the festival refused to build him a giant dome

The festival is scheduled for April 12 - 21, 2019.

January 12, 2019
Kanye West backed out of Coachella after the festival refused to build him a giant dome

The 2019 Coachella lineup almost looked a lot different, as Kanye West was rumored to be one of its headliners until, according to Billboard, West reportedly asked Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett to have a giant dome custom built in the middle of the festival grounds. West wanted the dome to feature state-of-the-art production and video installations with the ability to house many of the festival's 125,000 attendees, performing there instead of the main stage after claiming its size was "artistically limiting”.

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Festival executives from parent company Goldenvoice explained to West that this would involve rearranging the entire festival and getting rid of a large section of portable restrooms. This reportedly irritated the rapper, who said it was the company's job to handle the bathrooms before hanging up on execs, according to sources.

Less than 24 hours after West dropped out, Ariana Grande was confirmed for the headlining slot on the festival's final night. Billboard also reported that Coachella isn't the first festival West has pulled out of over the same last-minute dome idea, as he was almost a headliner for Governers Ball in New York City before promoters turned down the request.

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Kanye West backed out of Coachella after the festival refused to build him a giant dome