Kanye West excluded Coachella after calling for a new leg of music

Kanye West excluded Coachella after calling for a new leg of music

Kanye West was excluded from headlining this year's Coachella Festival as organizers said it was impossible to build a custom-made stage that he requested at the last minute.

West, to be announced as headliner on January 3, asked Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett on January 1 for a tailor-made dome stage in the middle of the festival grounds. The dome was to be designed by West's John McGuire to provide all-round performance with hi-tech production and stunning video.

To build the building, the festival grounds had to be redesigned and numerous toilets had to be removed. When the parent company of Coachella, Goldenvoice, told West the impossibility, he was irritated. He said he was an artist with a creative vision who would not spend his time doing toilet talk, a source told Billboard magazine.

West had complained that the main stage of the festival was not big enough for his performance. Goldenvoice reminded him that earlier headliners like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, who brought more than 100 performers to their now-legendary 2018 headline spot, found this appropriate.