Avicii cops the blame for Coachella set times dramas

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While we’re all getting to grips with Monday here in Australia, over in Indio, California, the second weekend of Coachella is entering its final stretch. At time of writing, it’s 7pm on Sunday at the festival, and still to come is Justice, Calvin Harris, Modeselektor and the Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg headline slot.

2012 is the first year that Coachella has staged the same festival on two weekends to meet the demand for tickets, but weekend two saw some much-talked-about adjustments to the Sunday set times in the Sahara Tent. Sahara is host to, among others, Porter Robinson, Dada Life, Nero, Calvin Harris and a closing set from superstar Swede Avicii. All sets were moved forward 20 minutes, which ensured that Avicii’s set didn’t clash with Dre and Snoop over on the mainstage.

Nero took to Facebook to level the blame at Coachella’s organisation: “We were promised a night time slot when we accepted the offer to play, the week before that turned into a daylight start, dusk middle and night time end. Moving us 20 minutes forward will result in the majority of our show being in the day light.

“The organisation of this festival has been quite a surprise to us and not what we expected from what is hailed as one of the best festivals in the world. I won’t go into too many details other than to say overall our experience of the festival this year has been pretty shocking.”

However, other reports suggest Avicii’s camp had requested the set times shuffle after Dre and Snoop drew people away from the Sahara tent on the first weekend. “Nice one to @Avicii for having everyone in the Sahara tents set times moved so he doesn’t have to compete with Snoop and Dr. Dre’s performance,” UK bass-bender Feed Me wrote on Twitter, prompting this reply from Funkagenda: “It’s like when he tried to refuse to play at Deadmau5 show in SD unless his stage was as big as Joel’s. Disgraceful.”

Avicii himself is having none of the shit-talking. “I’ve never refused to play anywhere, and at this specific show I was never complaining so watch where you get your info from,” he said. “I don’t appreciate people making up lies about me.”

ITM has a reporter on the ground at Coachella, so we’ll let you know how this one plays out…



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brown820 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

"I was never complaining [but my management was for me]."


daverh said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

It's pretty obvious that Avicii is a brat with bad taste in Polo beanies but that's a similarly slight whinge from Nero. Get a grip fellas.


mind_gutter said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

Looks like DJ Shadow and Modeselektor are on around the same time as Avicii.

Maybe they bumped all stages a little earlier for Dre and Snoop not just for Avicii.

I smell a bit of Tall Poppies happening here.


Ghost Of SANDSLASH said on the 23rd Apr, 2012


Cosmo Cater

Cosmo Cater said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

Florence, DJ Shadow and Modeselektor on at the same time as Avicii. Why would you bother seeing him?


412nv said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

Clearly its his manager not Avicii himself. He has one of the best managers and is all about getting aviciis name out there, so good on him "from a business level". Side note: Avicii do something about your face, instead of giving a million away...


SANDSHREW said on the 24th Apr, 2012

Dad wake up.
Wake up.
Wake up.
Wake up.
Dad, wake up.


SlicyDicer said on the 24th Apr, 2012

I can get aboard this train, more shit needs to be flung at avicii.

mr flauge

mr flauge said on the 27th Apr, 2012

last year they let magneticman play wayyy over time which reduced sashas set from 1.5 hours to 45 minutes...
plus the chemical brothers had to start 45 mins late due to stage issues.
also from what i have the production this year was scaled down along way from last year.
sounds like they have lost the plot or dont care any more, and will bow to a name like avicii coz he is such a crowd puller