Coachella, Stagecoach work toward long-term Indio deal
Despite recent rumblings of a possible move, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will likely stay in Indio, CA, for the long term.
Coachella promoter Goldenvoice is close to reaching a deal with Indio city officials, according to The Desert Sun, that will include a long-time contract for the popular music festival to stay in its current location at Empire Polo Club.
"We will be filing an application for a long-term permit in the next few weeks," Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett told the newspaper.
For its first 12 years, Coachella has received only one-year permits, though the city did approve a two-year permit for the 2012 and 2013 events.
"Do I feel we'll get a long term-contract? Yes I do," Indio mayor Glenn Miller said at a council meeting according to the city paper. "What the long-term deal looks like, I don't know."
Earlier this summer, Indio councilman Sam Torres suggested a measure to implement an entertainment event tax, which would apply to the festival, but he later withdrew the idea when Coachella officials threatened to move the popular event.
The long-term contract is also being considered for the country music-focused Stagecoach Music Festival, which began in 2007 and is held each spring at Empire Polo Club.