Billboard claims that on New Year’s Day, just two days before the highly anticipated lineup was set to be unveiled, West threw a fit because the festival’s organizers refused to allow him to build a giant chrome dome in the middle of its grounds to perform on instead of the main stage.
Executives from Coachella’s parent company Goldenvoice told West that the custom-made dome wouldn’t be possible, because it would force them to reorganize the festival’s setup entirely, and move one of the largest sections of portable bathrooms on the grounds. West reportedly hung up abruptly and said he was “an artist with a creative vision who shouldn’t be spending his time talking about port-a-potties.”
Due to West’s last-minute cancellation, Coachella was forced to make a quick replacement, which they found in Ariana Grande. The pop star is managed by Scooter Braun, who also worked with West until the rapper ended their professional relationship late last year because he claimed he “can’t be managed.”
Grande will now take West’s place to close out the final night of the three-day festival, and will make history as the youngest Coachella headliner ever.
West’s lofty request is just the most recent in the star’s erratic behavior spanning the last year. West, who claims he was diagnosed, then misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder, has been candid about his mental health struggles, and proudly declares that he no longer takes medication at this point in time.
It’s certainly a disappointment for fans that West will no longer be performing at the festival, which is widely considered one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Pre-sale tickets sold out in just six hours for this year’s lineup, and an estimated 125,000 people are expected to flock to the desert to see their favorite artists at the festival’s 20th iteration.
West’s appearance at Coachella had reportedly been in the works for several years. Now with the financial backing allowing artists to be paid between $2 million and $5 million to perform there, the draw for musicians and concertgoers alike is at an all-time high.
However, given that West had not collected any payments from Goldenvoice or signed any contracts, they decided to abandon negotiations with him about the dome shortly before the deadline to announce the lineup arrived.
Billboard also revealed that West nearly landed a headlining spot at the Governors Ball festival in New York, which never happened because of his demands for a dome stage.