Coachella Location Debate

Festival could be forced to move...
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After the news of ATP going into liquidation comes more worrying festival news: Coachella may have to relocate after a tax row with local politicians.

The popular music festival have said they may move location from Indio, California, if a referendum on a proposed tax is passed, which would add costs between $18 (£11.50) and $36 (£23). (via The Guardian)

“If the tax initiative … gets on the ballot, we're going to take off in 2014," said Paul Tollett, president of Coachella’s parent company, in an interview with the Desert Sun. "By 2015 we'll be at a new facility outside of Indio."

This would be a big blow to tourism in the area, as Coachella festival is a massive event that attracts some of the finest names in music, with this year’s line-up boasting acts such as The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Radiohead, and of course Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and the 2pac hologram.

This plan, devised by city councilman Sam Torres, would effect events attended by more than 2,500 people with an admission tax of between 5% and 10%. Although originally a turned down idea, Torres is still persisting with a petition to make the tax a referendum an issue come November.

Coachella organisers have vowed to fight on.

Words by Jamie Carson

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