Apr 11, 2017 7:42PM
Coachella Bailed On Booking Kate Bush Because Crowd Wouldn't "Understand It"
In a pretty incredible interview about Coachella, with Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollet, we find some rare insights into the booking of the festival — like Mick Jagger's required 40-yard air-conditioned running track and him finding out about Beyoncé's pregnancy like the rest of us (via Instagram).
We also learn about the crazy decision not to book huge legend Kate Bush. Marc Geiger, a booking agent from William Morris Endeavor, chimes in with the convo.
"I'll say, 'Kate Bush!' And he'll [Paul Tollet] go, 'No!,' and we'll talk through it." Marc explains. "I'll say, 'She's never played here, and she just did thirty shows in the U.K. for the first time since the late seventies. You gotta do it! Have to!' 'No! No one is going to understand it.'" C'mon!
The reasoning, perhaps, comes when Paul starts talking about the crowds' differing response to indie and electronic music. "When you take an indie-rock band, five or six members, not everyone is on the E-flat seventh at the same time, so it doesn't sound perfect," he says. "With electronic music, it's pre-programmed, so it sounds flawless. There are no mistakes. There's a generation that's used to flawless, and when they don't hear flawless it may suck to them."
Read the full feature here.