Avicii cops the blame for Coachella set times dramas

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…