Attorney General Investigates Lollapalooza
We’re just over one month away from Lollapalooza, with headliners [lastfm]Soundgarden[/lastfm], [lastfm]Green Day[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Arcade Fire[/lastfm] set to rock Chicago’s Grant Park. But why won’t those bands rock anywhere else in the midwest before or after the festival, and what does the Illinois attorney general think about it? Find out after the jump!
[pullquote quote=""It's nine months, essentially. It's hard to deal only with three months of available talent, assuming Lollapalooza is grabbing the cream of the crop."" credit="Matt Rucins, talent booker"]
Lollapalooza, like many other festivals (including local favorite Coachella), has what’s called a “radius clause.” This clause creates a six-month window before the festival and a three-month window after it in which Lolla acts can’t perform at other venues in the area. So if [lastfm]Arcade Fire[/lastfm], for instance, wanted to put on a show in Chicago, it couldn’t do so between February 8th and November 8th.
That’s a massive amount of time, and one that the state’s attorney general feels might be a breach of federal anti-trust laws.
“The radius clause does seem extreme,” Matt Rucins, talent booker for Schubas Tavern, the longtime Chicago club that frequently books Lollapalooza-friendly acts, told Rolling stone. “It’s nine months, essentially. It’s hard to deal only with three months of available talent, assuming Lollapalooza is grabbing the cream of the crop.”
However, the clause is not concrete; festivals are certainly known to grant exceptions, especially to smaller acts that depend so heavily on touring for their income.
- What do you think? Do festivals have a right to make sure they’re not competing against other promoters by locking up talent? Or is the clause an unfair restraint of trade?
[Source: Rolling Stone]