The dome would be created by set designer John McGuire, and Kanye would play in the centre in an in the round format. What West wanted done would have necessitated the removal of numerous festival's portable bathrooms and when the Coachella execs told this to West, he became "irritated" and said he was, in Billboard's words, "an artist with a creative vision who shouldn't be spending his time talking about port-a-potties".
The 2019 Coachella lineup nearly 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. With talks between Coachella parent Goldenvoice and West breaking down, Goldenvoice moved to have Ariana Grande replace the rapper at the head of the lineup. Grande was confirmed less than 24 hours later.
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Coachella organizers told West that his demand wasn't possible because the dome would cost too much and require a complete re-arrangement of the festival grounds.
Kanye West is absent from this year's Coachella lineup due to a disagreement over his stage design.
Tollett also told Los Angeles Times about the production impasse, but he didn't go into details about the giant dome or the part-a-potties.More news: Cargo plane crashes in Iran with 10 onboard
West complained that the main stage at Coachella was not big enough for his performance, but Goldenvoice officials told him past headliners like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga had been able to stage stunning performances with hundreds of dancers and musicians on the main stage.
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