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Coachella remains in Indio, CA

on July 06, 2012, 12:47am

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In June, Indio city councilman Sam Torres turned up the heat when he proposed a five-ten percent ticket tax on any live events hosting more than 2,500 people — in other words, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival.

Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett responded to the proposal last week, stating, “If the tax initiative of putting $4 million to $6 million onto Coachella gets on the ballot, we’re going to take off 2014; 2015 we’ll be at a new facility outside of Indio.” Now, as The Daily Swarm reports (via NBC Los Angeles), Torres has reneged his proposal, insisting, “I don’t take a threat by Paul Tollett lightly.”

The announcement came this afternoon, when Torres digressed in a press release: “I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen no matter how dire the city’s circumstance. My sincere hope is that we can now move past this episode and I personally look forward to working to enhance relationships.”

Stay tuned as this story develops, but rest assured, Coachella 2014 will go ahead as planned.


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July 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

Toilet never thought of reducing ticket prices by the difference in the added tax…..c’mon people who would you rather have the money, toilet so he can line his pockets, or at least give it back to the community who hosts the event? I never thought I’d be in favor of a tax, but I digress as toilet would never consider reducing his profit.

July 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

Businesses don’t reduce prices because of taxes. The whole threat of moving is because Tollett doesn’t want to have to charge people more, and you’re acting like he’s the villain for not just letting Torres have his cake and eat it.

July 6, 2012 at 1:06 am

I heard that Torres will be dropping mad debt beats in the Sahara tent in 2014. Sadly he is performing at the same time that the Cathedral City Mormon Tabernacle Choir rocks the Outdoor Stage so I am not sure who I will check out,


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