Coachella’s organizer, Goldenvoice, is suing Live Nation and web hosting company Bluehost for contributory trademark infringement.
Goldenvoice alleges that Coachella Day One 22 infringes upon the trademarks of Coachella since it uses the event name. In addition, the advertising, marketing, and promotional materials are “strikingly similar” to the ones used for Goldenvoice’s Coachella. Ticketmaster, which is owned by Live Nation, was used to sell tickets to Coachella Day One 22.
Goldenvoice, LLC and Coachella Music Festival, LLC filed a complaint in a California federal court on December 13. The complaint named Live Nation Entertainment and web hosting company Bluehost as defendants. Goldenvoice also claims that “Live Nation has unfairly profited from” the infringement of Coachella Day One 22.
Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians are the organizers and promoters of the Coachella Day One 22 event. But the tribe and Coachella Crossroads, LLC aren’t named in the lawsuit “because both have asserted through their counsel that they are entitled to sovereign immunity, and not subject to suit,” according to the complaint.
Bluehost is named as a defendant for hosting the coachellacrossroads.com website.