We knew there was someone missing from the 2019 Coachella lineup. According to a new report, Kanye West cancelled his headlining performance at the Californian music festival two days before the talent announcement to the public. In the latest tantrum by the R&B star, it is alleged that the move was in response to festival organisers refusing to build him a separate stage.
In the report first published by Billboard, Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett had planned to announce West as the headliner for the festival before he was asked last-minute to build a giant dome in the middle of the festival for the artist. Instead of performing on the main stage – like many A-listers have done in the past – West asked Tollett to construct a giant, custom-built dome in the middle of the festival grounds.
Whilst it seems reasonable in basic terms, senior executives from Coachella parent Goldenvoice explained to West that the dome would be impossible to build in four months, and require rearranging and planning the entire area, along with causing a large block of portable toilets to be eradicated. This was reportedly mentioned when the rapper was on holidays with wife Kim Kardashian and their children, sparking him to become highly agitated, saying he was an “artist with a creative vision who shouldn’t be spending his time talking about port-a-potties.”
As West pulled out, Ariana Grande stepped in his place. Coachella 2019 will run from April 12-14 and April 19-21, celebrating its 20th season. Buy tickets here.