Coachella Festival to stay put after councillor drops tax threat

The festival's organisers had said yesterday (July 5) that they could be forced call off the event in 2014

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Photo: Joey Maloney/NME
Coachella festival will remain in its current location and continue in 2014, after a row over tax was settled last night (July 5).

The organisers of the California festival, which hosted sets from the likes of Radiohead, Dr Dre, The Black Keys, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Arctic Monkeys and a whole host of others this year, had threatened to move the event from its current home of the Empire Polo Club and miss out 2014 after councillor Sam Torres had said he would propose a new tax on events with capacities of over 2,500.

According to Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett, whose company run the festival, the tax would raise ticket prices by $36 (£23) each and would mean the company would have to move the festival.

However, Torres has now backed down, saying in a press release: "I don't take a threat from Paul Tollett lightly. 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."

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are playing at this year's T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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