Lollapalooza investigated for antitrust

June 25, 2010 by James Shotwell

Lollapalooza investigated for antitrust

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is reportedly investigating sponsors C3 Presents and their partners for antitrust issues stemming from the radius clauses that are contractually imposed on all of the artists who play the three-day concert in Chicago, Il. The festival, which was started by Marc Geiger and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, is coming under fire for having clauses which require all artists performing at the festival to contractually agree to not play within 300 miles of the festival [which includes Detroit, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee] six months prior to Lolla and/or three months afterwards. While clauses of this nature are common ground for most festivals, the stretch of time and distance in the contract are being viewed as too extreme and hurtful to small club owners and promoters. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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