Coachella Music Festival Sues Live Nation for Spotlight 29 New Years Event


The Coachella Music Festival today filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment for a competitive event produced by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians named “Coachella Day One 22,” which is being advertised on Ticketmaster’s Marketplace. Live Nation.

Like the annual Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival, the Coachella Day One 22 event at Twenty-Nine Palms is billed as an outdoor music event featuring many forms of entertainment and performers, and is located near the site where the Coachella Valley festival takes place, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.

The plaintiffs allege in the lawsuit that the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, operating as Coachella Crossroads, “intentionally negotiates the goodwill” of the Coachella event, causing a likelihood of “consumer confusion and falsehood.” association ”with the original event.

The plaintiffs state that the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and Coachella Crossroads – collectively referred to as Twenty-Nine Palms – are not named as defendants in the action because they have both claimed through their attorney that they were entitled to sovereign immunity. , and not subject to prosecution. Lawyers for the Coachella Valley festival have said Twenty-Nine Palms may be added as a defendant at a later date.

“Twenty-Nine Palms went to great lengths to emulate” Coachella from the plaintiffs and associated brands, the lawsuit says.

Attempts to reach a representative of Twenty-Nine Palms were not immediately successful.

The Coachella Festival did not take place in person in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, a virtual Coachella event took place instead. The multi-day event is should come back next year April 15-17 and April

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The plaintiffs – including Coachella Valley event producer Goldenvoice – say they have no objection to Twenty-Nine Palms having their own festival or holding events at their venue, but they must adopt and use a event name, a place name and a trademark that avoids the possibility of confusion for the consumer.

“Despite repeated requests from the plaintiffs, Twenty-Nine Palms has refused to adopt its own event name or place name and hallmarks,” according to the lawsuit.

Coachella Crossroads – an outdoor entertainment complex located next to the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella – announces its first New Years Eve event, called Day One 22. It was unclear when or if an event will take place on the spring site.

Held annually at the Empire Polo Club in the desert, the Coachella Valley Festival is one of the most acclaimed contemporary music festivals in the world. The festival site, which includes the festival grounds, on-site camping, parking and support operations, spans over 800 acres.

Participation in the sold-out festival, cumulated over the event lasting several days, is estimated at 750,000 participants, according to the complainants.


Gerald R. Schneider